Lavrov discussed with Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the situation in the organization

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photobacteria of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Archival photoLavrov discussed with Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the situation in the organization© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov discussed by telephone with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (COE) Thorbjørn Jagland «crisis situation» in the organization, said Russian foreign Ministry.

«The parties discussed the crisis situation in the Organization affected by the breach of the fundamental principle of the Charter of the COE on the equal representation of States in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe», — stated in the message Department, which noted that the conversation took place on October 31.

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. This year, Russia has continued to pay its contribution. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland in early October, referring to the Charter, recalled that if the country does not pay two years contributions statutory body — the Committee of Ministers may consider the issue of the exclusion of this country. A two-year term comes to Russia at the end of June 2019.

Lavrov discussed with Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the situation in the organization© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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