The foreign Ministry has not ruled out a fundamental review of relations with the Council of Europe

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Russia wants to remain part of the Council of Europe, but circumstances may force Moscow «dramatically» revise the relationship with the organization, said the Director of the European cooperation Department of Russian foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin.

«Russia seeks to remain in the Council of Europe, but circumstances may arise so that we just have no other choice but to radically revise the nature of our relations with the Council of Europe. Discrimination of member States for political reasons is absolutely unacceptable,» said Kelin, speaking at the COE Committee of Ministers.

According to the diplomat, today the cooperation between the countries of Europe in the framework of COE «very popular». «Our common goal is to bring the organization of the institutional crisis, to preserve this unique pan-European mechanism of human rights protection in Europe», — said Kelin.

He stressed that Moscow «will not tolerate unlawful discriminatory measures taken with respect to our parliamentarians», which were stripped of key powers, including voting rights in the parliamentary Assembly. «In the absence of the voice of Russia in the Assembly, approved by high officials of the Council of Europe, including many judges of the European court of human rights. This calls into question the legitimacy of submitted their decisions in relation to Russia. In June of 2019 to be held election of the Secretary General of the organization, and participation in them of Russian deputies, obviously, will have far-reaching negative consequences,» warned Kaelin.

According to the Russian diplomat without the connection of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe the crisis situation in the organization is not correct. «In September, the common good, a legal opinion prepared by the lawyers of the CE. It contains the correct conclusions consistent with international law. If the Committee of Ministers will find the strength to support this document, we will be able to go forward. In this situation, call on the new Finnish presidency and to all responsible member States of the COE to exert maximum efforts for the speedy joint of overcoming the crisis in our organization. We believe that to bring the provisions of PACE to limit the powers in accordance with the Charter it is possible to Ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki 17 may 2019,» — said Kaelin.

Speaking about the accusations against Russia that she allegedly violates statutory obligations by paying contributions to the budget of the organization, Kelin said that «in the first place was breached statutory obligations in relation to the Russian Parliament when they were deprived of authority.»

«There was a clear legal relationship between the two statutory obligations. Let me remind you that for three years our members in the hall of the PACE we pay the CE fees. The sole purpose of suspension of payments was to draw attention to intolerance prevailing in the PACE of this situation,» — said the diplomat.

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