While Russia continues to operate fully in the Council of Europe.
Russia officially stopped payments to the Council of Europe and questioned the future relationship with the COE.
On Friday the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
According to the report, Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has informed about the decision of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland.
“The Minister informed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about the decision to suspend the payment of contribution by the Russian Federation to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017 to the unconditional restoration of full powers of delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”, – stated in the message.
On Friday 30 June the Russian foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it announced the decision to suspend funding of the Council of Europe because of the “profound crisis PACE”.
The Russian foreign Ministry say that since then, as against the Russian delegation to the PACE imposed sanctions for the illegal annexation of Crimea, “the situation in PACE, only degraded”.
“In addition, the removal of Russian parliamentarians from participating in the upcoming approval in the PACE high officials of the Council of Europe, including the Secretary General, his Deputy, Commissioner for human rights and judges of the European Court of human rights would call into question their legitimacy in the context of Russia’s relations with the Council of Europe as a whole,” according to the Russian foreign Ministry.
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