Of the Russian Federation, not likely to resume payment to the Council of Europe in 2018 – media

Russia, most likely, will not pay contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe in 2018. About this Agency TASS said a source in the Russian diplomatic circles.

The interviewee said that payment of the Russian Federation will not resume until the country’s delegation will not return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The source added that if «crisis with PACE» will be resolved, Russia is ready to resume payment in full.

Russia was deprived of voting rights in PACE in April 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass. January 28, 2015, PACE adopted a resolution that extended sanctions against Russia and deprived it of voting rights until April. In protest, the Russian delegation said it would suspend its contacts with the parliamentary Assembly.

In 2016 and 2017, the Russian delegation did not participate in the Assembly.

14 September 2017 the Vice-speaker of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Pyotr Tolstoy said that Russia will not Finance the PACE in 2018.

December 25, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said that Russia will return to PACE when «discrimination will be eliminated».

11 January 2018 Tolstoy said that Russia will not send a delegation at the winter PACE session, to be held from 22nd to 26th of January. According to him, Russia is not going to work in the PACE as to the regulations not made «guarantees of non-discrimination the rights of national delegations», which insisted the country.

The amount of the annual contribution for the financing of PACE is around €40 million




Of the Russian Federation, not likely to resume payment to the Council of Europe in 2018 – media 13.01.2018

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