Volodin called the conditions under which Russia will return to PACE

Володин назвал условия, при которых Россия вернется в ПАСЕ

Russia’s return to PACE is possible if the discriminatory measures against Russian delegation will be cancelled, said the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin at a meeting with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.

“We believe that the approach, when deprived of the parliamentary delegation, which means a country the right to vote and excluded from parliamentary work – this is unacceptable in any Parliament. Moreover, this casts doubt on the democratic foundations of the existence of this institution,” he said.

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.

Володин назвал условия, при которых Россия вернется в ПАСЕ