The state Duma expects all the support in the normalization of Russia’s relations with PACE

Госдума ожидает от СЕ поддержки в нормализации отношений России с ПАСЕ

The state Duma expects from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland assist in the normalization of relations of the Russian delegation to PACE, said the speaker of the lower house of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin.

“It is obvious that the deadlock that brought the representation of the PACE that took the discriminatory decision (against Russia), has the prestige in the first place of the Council of Europe”, — said Volodin on Tuesday at the meeting with Jagland.

“In this respect, we expect from you as Secretary General of the Council of Europe to promote and support the present course of the leadership of the Assembly for the immediate normalization of relations with the Russian parliamentary delegation,” — said the speaker of the state Duma.

In 2014 and 2015, after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, PACE deprived the Russian delegation of the right to vote at the session, the right to participate in the work of the statutory bodies and the monitoring of elections. In January 2016, Russia decided not to send the necessary to confirm the authority of the delegation documents, but refused to work with Strasbourg as a whole.