The State Duma of the Russian Federation made a decision not to send its delegation to the PACE and pay fee to budget of the Council of Europe in 2019 as the press service of the Russian parliament reported.
The decision was made on January 17. The statement “On the situation around the Russian participation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe” was unanimously supported by all parliamentary groups.
“In the present situation, the State Duma does not see the grounds for the return of the Russian delegation to the PACE and renewal of the payment of the fees to the budget of the Council of Europe by Russia. Due to it, the MPs of the State Duma state about the inappropriateness of filing of the application for the confirmation of the authorities of the members of the Russian delegation in the PACE in 2019,” the message said.
Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin accused PACE of the derogation from the democratic principles one more time, commenting the adopted decision.
“PACE had departed from the principles of the democracy, completely ignoring the principe of the work of the parliamentary structures based for the possibility to talk, voice the position and defend,” he said.
His deputy Petr Tolstoy made the similar statement.
“In the current form, PACE is not possible to abolish the discriminatory norms of the regulation, which allow to deprive the Russian delegation of the right for vote,” he wrote.
On October 9, 2018, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.
Earlier the Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible.
As it was reported earlier, 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.
Russian delegation to PACE left the Assembly's line-up after it faced numerous restrictions - due to the Kremlin's military aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in February 2014.