Russia should not lose the ability to work at PACE, says Slutsky

Россия не должна терять возможность работы в ПАСЕ, считает Слуцкий

Russia should not lose the opportunity to work in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

“Naturally, Russia should not lose the opportunity to work in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which is the most inclusive parliamentary forum on the European continent. However, we are unable once again to experiment on your authority and put themselves at risk and, more precisely, a deliberate danger to once again be deprived of the right to vote and more powers to the PACE,” he told reporters following the meeting, speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and members with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.

According to him, it is with high probability will be the case if the Russian side will take part in the January session of the Assembly.

“We know the balance of power today at the Strasbourg court. However, we can’t afford what we are pushing our strategic friends, as I call them, in the West — not to form a delegation and slam the door to the Parliamentary Assembly to the Russian realities was fed not by us, but as this happens on several other sites and the inter-parliamentary, including, under pressure from Western media, where the image of Russia and what is happening in Russia, obviously deformed,” said Slutsky.

In 2014 and 2015 PACE because of the position of Russia in the Crimea adopted the resolution, which 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.

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