The head of the Verkhovna Rada delegation to the PACE, Volodymyr Aryev, said that in 2019 the Russian delegation most likely would not return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He reported about it on air of Radio Svoboda.
According to Aryev, the only opportunity for Russia to restore authority is to submit this issue in January. However, he noted that at the moment there is no such question in the draft agenda.
“If Russia is not put it on the agenda in January, then it will not be there in 2019. When we saw the draft agenda for January 2019, then this report wasn't in it. At best, it will be considered in April, perhaps even in the summer of next years, "said Aryev.
In addition, Russia unlikely would make such a step, since restrictive measures for the Russian delegation were not removed, he noted.
We remind you that the Russian delegation as part of PACE was deprived of a whole range of powers, including the right to vote, in April 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Then the Russian delegation ceased its work in the Assembly in protest. Moscow responded by stating that the current PACE regulation infringes on the interests of delegations of individual countries and allows others to take discriminatory decisions - for example, to deny voting rights, to exclude from participation in governing bodies of the assembly and various monitoring missions, as was the case with the Russian delegation.
On October 2, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in connection with the situation in the PACE, condemning the attempt to lift the restrictions against the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
On 9 October, the PACE at the meeting retained restrictions against the Russian delegation in the assembly. The draft resolution, which created the conditions for the return of the Russians, was returned to the committee.