Sands forwarded to the foreign Ministry the question on self-withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe

© Photo : Council of Europe / Ellen WuibauxПленарное meeting of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. October 9, 2018Sands forwarded to the foreign Ministry the question on self-withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe© Photo : Council of Europe / Ellen Wuibaux

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov forwarded to the Ministry of foreign Affairs (MFA) question about plans for the self-withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe, noting that this issue is not in the Kremlin, on the agenda.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland on Wednesday during the autumn session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe stated that «if Russia does not begin to pay contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe until June 2019, the Committee of Ministers of the organization not only can, but will be required to be removed from the list of member countries».

«It (need to contact) in the Ministry of foreign Affairs, in this case it is not an issue on the agenda in the Kremlin», — answering the question of whether the Kremlin’s plans for withdrawal from the Council of Europe in view of the situation.

Does Russia need to withdraw from the Council of Europe?

  • Yes, it makes no sense to be in the organization under conditions of constant pressure
  • It would be wise to publicly suspend the membership
  • No, it is not necessary to do sharp movements

Results

  • 60.8%

    Yes, it makes no sense to be in the organization under conditions of constant pressure

  • 33.7%

    It would be wise to publicly suspend the membership

  • 5.5%

    No, it is not necessary to do sharp movements

All procurementrelated of the Russian Federation to the PACE in April 2014 was denied the right to vote because of events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. In 2015, the PACE has twice considered the question of the restoration of Russian delegation’s credentials, but then the sanctions became tougher. In response, the Russian delegation said the refusal to work under such conditions, and in 2016-2018 did not request confirmation of their authority due to the persistence in Strasbourg anti-Russian sentiment.

At the end of June 2017, it became known that Moscow suspends the payment of its contribution to the Council of Europe in connection with the participation of the Russian delegation in the PACE. At the same time, the Russian side proposed to amend the regulations of the Assembly position, no one has the right to deprive the authority of any national delegation.

Russia since 1996, was one of five main payers in the budget of the Council of Europe. At the time of suspension of transfer of a part of the contribution in 2017, it amounted to more than 33 million euros per year.

Sands forwarded to the foreign Ministry the question on self-withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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