The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg with the head of the Ministry of justice of Russia

© AFP 2017 / Fabrice CoffriniГенеральный Secretary of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland. Archival photoThe Secretary General of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg with the head of the Ministry of justice of Russia© 2017 AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland on 1 December will meet in Strasbourg with the Minister of justice of Russia Alexander Konovalov, told RIA Novosti in the apparatus of the COE.

«December 1, Strasbourg, Secretary General thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Alexander Konovalov, Minister of justice of the Russian Federation», — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, Konovalov, is expected to sign the second additional Protocol to the European Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters of November 2001.

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.

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