Russia cannot provide the list of delegations to the PACE in 2018, said Klishas

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photosangelina at the PACE session. Archival photoRussia cannot provide the list of delegations to the PACE in 2018, said Klishas© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Russia, which had previously suspended the payment of a part contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017, 2018, may not submit a list of its delegation to the winter session of PACE, this possible forced move, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Andrey Klishas.

«The fact that we have limited our contribution suggests that we talk moved to action… the Next possible action is that we do not submit the list of our delegation. It is a possible step, but, if this happens, this step will be forced, dictated the policy pursued by the Council of Europe», — said the Senator.

At the end of June this year, the Russian side stated that it intends to suspend some payments to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017, as long as the credentials of the delegation to PACE will not be restored in full. Despite the suspension of the payment of an instalment, the Russian side continues to work for the ratification of the Convention of Council of Europe documents. Russia in 2016 is not sending the required for accreditation of their delegations documents in PACE, as in 2014-2015, the Russian Parliament was deprived of voting rights at the sessions and opportunities to participate in the work of the statutory bodies of the Assembly because of the position on the Crimea. Moscow has repeatedly made proposals to resolve the crisis, including an idea to consolidate the document avoidance of imposition of sanctions against the national delegations. While the Assembly no steps in this direction not taken.

«I believe we have already spoken at the highest level on the issue of deprivation of the rights of our parliamentary delegation to the PACE,» he added. He recalled that «this was said (the speaker of Council of Federation — ed.), Valentina Matviyenko, spoke about this (the speaker of the state Duma — ed.), Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin, at the highest parliamentary level several times to our partners in the Council of Europe was a chance that the situation is intolerable». «There is the foreign Ministry’s position on this account that stresses to all the meetings with European colleagues, but we do not hear,» said the Senator.

«We just have to take those steps that need to draw attention to themselves», — said Klishas.

«This is probably not the best solution, but unfortunately, this decision is dictated by the actions of the Council of Europe. It is not our whim. We’re just trying to make it so we still tried to hear,» he added.