Russian Culture Ministry urges Arctic tourism developmentSociety & Culture June 26, 8:27
Scientists call Arctic 'blank space' on world archaeology mapBusiness & Economy June 26, 8:13
Anton Siluanov: “...It's worth any price you pay”Business & Economy June 26, 8:00
Russia hopes Astana talks on Syria will yield package of documents on de-escalation zonesRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 25, 20:31
Russians’ real incomes up by 3% in May - Russian finance ministerBusiness & Economy June 25, 18:39
All doping tests of Russian players at 2014 FIFA World Cup are negativeSport June 25, 15:10
Police refrains from calling Newcastle incident a terrorist attackWorld June 25, 13:14
Putin offers condolences to Pakistan’s president over fire victimsRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 25, 12:39
Fire of fuel tank kills 123 people in Pakistan - TVWorld June 25, 7:58
GENEVA, October 19. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko has called at today’s meeting with PACE President Anne Brasseur for doing everything possible so that PACE will make a correct decision on Russian delegation’s powers at its January session.
According to Matviyenko, a precondition for "Russian delegation’s return to working in PACE is full-scale and full-format restoration of our rights and powers." "We address you with a request to use all opportunities so that PACE makes a correct decision at its January session. I ask you to convey our position to PACE leadership," she noted.
PACE’s decision to strip the Russian delegation of the important powers is "absurd, biased, illegitimate, politicized," Matviyenko said. "I do not rule out that the decision about the Russian delegation was possibly made under the pressure from Washington, Brussels, some Russophobic, anti-Russian forces," the lawmaker stressed.
Brasseur reminded that PACE imposed sanctions on the Russian delegation after "the annexation of Crimea" adding that this is a violation of international law. However, the PACE president said it is important to continue dialogue, meet, talk, listen to each other, and try to understand each other’s positions. This is the only way to find common grounds, she stressed.
Last year, the parliamentary arm of the 47-nation Council of Europe, promoting democracy and human rights across the continent, stripped Russia of voting rights following events in Ukraine. It suspended both Russia's right to sit on its governing bodies and Russian participation in election observer missions.
Russian parliamentary delegates left the April session before its official completion as a gesture of protest and refused to take part in future PACE activities, staying away from the assembly's summer and autumn sessions. At the January session, PACE extended its sanctions against Russia’s delegation until April. In response, Moscow severed contact with the group for another year.