Volodin called the conditions of Russia’s return to PACE

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotoreceptor of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. Archival photoVolodin called the conditions of Russia’s return to PACE© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The Russian delegation will return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, if on this site common sense will prevail, if that happens, Moscow will have to make other decisions, said the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.

In the state Duma on Friday held a meeting Volodina with President of the Senate of Parliament of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

«We believe that such an institution as the PACE should be aimed primarily at the development of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the parliamentary dimension, must be effectively solve the tasks assigned to it… And when a parliamentary platform to use conflict to settle political scores and incitement of tension, of course, the reason to participate, especially in the situation when there is no protection of national delegations, we do not see», — said Volodin at the meeting.

«Let’s wait and see. Common sense will prevail – means that it is possible to return to the Assembly and to participate in its work, if it can’t they themselves decide what goals the tasks of the parliamentary Assembly today, then we will have to make other decisions,» he added.

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.

Volodin called the conditions of Russia’s return to PACE© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)