Foreign Ministry accused the PACE in a systemic crisis in the Council of Europe

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photoboxes PACE. Archival photoForeign Ministry accused the PACE in a systemic crisis in the Council of Europe© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Due to the lack of progress at the site of PACE a systemic crisis in the Council of Europe is only getting worse, said RIA Novosti in the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.

Commenting on the decision taken at the PACE session the decision not to discuss because of the split Assembly, the draft document on the authority of the delegation, the Department indicated that «the Federal Assembly — the main contractor of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has already assessed this decision of the Assembly and its consequences for the prospects of participation of Russian delegation in PACE».

«I can only say that because of the lack of progress at the site of PACE a systemic crisis in the Council of Europe is only getting worse,» — said in the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.

«We Express our regret that the Assembly was again unable to rise above prejudice, continuing to continue to dismantle this important pillar of European cooperation», — concluded the Minister.

Since 2014, the representatives of Russia were 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) in the April session because of the position on the Crimea. Next year the PACE is not only lifted sanctions, but added new ones. Moscow said it was impossible to work in such conditions, ceased to participate in meetings, and in 2016 is not sending the required for accreditation of their delegations documents. 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.

Foreign Ministry accused the PACE in a systemic crisis in the Council of Europe© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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