Volodin did not rule out the withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe

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Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin does not exclude that Russia may exit Council of Europe.

«We can say that if this goes on, of course, do not exclude this structure,» said Volodin, the TV channel «Russia 1».

Council of Europe Secretary General thorbjørn Jagland on Wednesday during the autumn session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) 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». On Thursday, speaking to the Assembly and answering questions of Parliament, Jagland said that, according to him, Russia can not participate in the next January session and will not pay a fee.

The Russian delegation in 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.