Senator: Russia can not separate the contribution to the PACE of the payments to the Council of Europe

© AFP 2017 / Frederick FlorinШтаб-apartment of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Archival photoSenator: Russia can not separate the contribution to the PACE of the payments to the Council of Europe© 2017 AFP / Frederick Florin

Russia will continue to make contributions to PACE, although not taking part in the Assembly, since these contributions are coupled with other charges in the Council of Europe and to divide them it is impossible, said RIA Novosti member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Igor Morozov.

Previously Izvestia wrote, citing the newspaper’s information that Russia plans to cut allocations in the Council of Europe in connection with the participation of the Russian delegation in the PACE.

«The problem is that a contribution to the Council of Europe Russia is making a batch for our country in all organizations of the COE, and this contribution cannot be split between the ECHR, the Council of Ministers and the PACE,» said frost. According to him, in default of payment of Russia’s contribution to the COE got to the question about the country’s withdrawal from the organization, whereas it does not respond to Russian interests.

«Come out of the Council of Europe as a pan-European organisation it is impractical for us, we lose too much in political terms,» said the Senator.

He admitted that the current situation, when the Russian delegation did not take part in the work of PACE, but pays dues to the organization, «and then, on our money, come to Russia monitoring group and criticize us,» is «illogical».

«But in the case of the COE we are in a dead-end routine situation,» — stated Morozov.

PACE in 2014 and 2015, adopted a number of resolutions because of the position of the Russian Federation in Crimea, in which he deprived the Russian delegation of the right to vote, to participate in the work of statutory bodies, the right to participate in the monitoring activities of the Organization. In 2016, Russia took the decision not to send for the necessary delegation documents at the same time Moscow continued to work with the Council of Europe. In 2017, the Russian side decided not to send the documents for accreditation of its delegation to the PACE.

Senator: Russia can not separate the contribution to the PACE of the payments to the Council of Europe© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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