Russia does not pay the contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe to the end of the year

© Depositphotos / ifeelstockШтаб-apartment of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Archival photoRussia does not pay the contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe to the end of the year© Depositphotos / ifeelstock

Russia will not pay contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe until at least the end of 2018, the decision has already been made and will be announced in the near future, told RIA Novosti source in the Federation Council.

«The position will not change, Russia will not pay its contribution as long as the PACE created discriminatory conditions for the work of our delegation and the rules of the organization has undergone a change, which said the Russian side», — said the Agency interlocutor.

He said that the decision concerns the second half of 2018. According to him, according to the information received, the CE has no plans to apply sanctions against Russia for non-payment of premium.

On Wednesday, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland stated that June 30 is the deadline for payment of contributions of Russia to the organization’s budget.

The Russian delegation because of the position in the Crimea at the April session of 2014 was stripped of some powers (the ability to vote, to participate in the monitoring activities of the Assembly and participate in statutory bodies of the Assembly). Next year PACE, having considered the question several times, sanctions are not canceled, adding new items. The Russian delegation said it was impossible to work in such conditions and ceased to attend the sessions. 2016 Moscow is not sending the required for accreditation of the delegation documents.

Russia has repeatedly made proposals for overcoming the crisis. In particular, the Russian representatives offered to fix in the Charter of the organization of documented impossibility of application of sanctions in respect of the delegations.

At the end of June last year, the conflict between Moscow and Strasbourg have reached a new level, 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 has continued to work on ratification of Convention documents.

Russia does not pay the contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe to the end of the year© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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