Russian MPs decided not to send the parliamentary delegation to the Council of Europe (CoE), thus keeping the ongoing boycott of this authority effective. Deutsche Welle reported this quoting the statement that appeared on State Duma's website.
'Deputies in the Russian parliament, the Duma, accused the council of "grossly" violating the rights of Russia by stripping their delegation of voting rights over the Crimea crisis. "As a result of the lengthy anti-Russian campaign, the activities of Russia in the Council of Europe were actually suspended along the parliamentary line, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe itself, violating the basis of parliamentarism, found itself in a deep systemic crisis," the lawmakers said in a statement published on the Duma website,' reads the article by DW.
Previously, Russian delegation withdrew from the CoE after the EU authority deprived it of the right to vote.