Vatican museum makes exception for Tretyakov Gallery exhibitionSociety & Culture March 24, 14:41
UK police confirm at least 50 injured in Westminster attack, two more suspects arrestedWorld March 24, 14:31
National Guard units in North Caucasus on high alert after gunmen’s attackMilitary & Defense March 24, 14:25
Putin meets France's Le Pen in KremlinRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 24, 14:18
Ukraine’s Security Service confirms Russian MP’s assassin had military backgroundWorld March 24, 14:17
Russian Aerospace Force to receive 200 medium-range aircraft missiles in 2017Military & Defense March 24, 14:14
Russia makes major breakthrough in reducing tuberculosis deaths — ministerSociety & Culture March 24, 14:04
Russia’s Central Bank reduces key rate to 9.75%Business & Economy March 24, 13:39
PM Medvedev says Russia will continue focusing on reasonable import substitutionBusiness & Economy March 24, 13:26
MOSCOW, October 26 (Itar-Tass) - The head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will demand sanctions against Georgia for disrupting the mandate of Russian observers ahead of the upcoming presidential election, Russian State Duma member Vasily Likhachov told Itar-Tass Friday.
Likhachov and his colleague Sergey Kalashnikov were to go to Tbilisi as members of the PACE monitoring mission.
“We have not abdicated our mandates. We have been declared personae non gratae in Georgia. Should we appear at the border, we may face criminal and administrative sanctions,” Likhachov said. “This was clearly stated in the official documents the Georgian side referred to the PACE secretariat and the political group of the United Left.” He added Georgia said Russian deputies fell under the operation of the law On Occupied Territories for visiting Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Likhachov said it was an outrageous incident, which, he said with regret, was not the first and hardly the last. The Russian delegation to the PACE would demand the Council of Europe takes sanctions at the next meeting of the monitoring commission in Vienna in early November.
He added other national delegations might support the idea. PACE activities in Georgia can be then frozen for two years.