Chairman of the State Duma foreign affairs committee confirmed that Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin will come to France on September 1-2 to participate in the presidential committee meeting together with Pushkov at the invitation of PACE chairwoman Anne Brasseur.
“The January session should confirm all delegations’ authorities if nobody objects,” said Pushkov. The key issue, he added, was whether PACE would propose to prolong sanctions against Russia. “These initiatives can be voiced by some countries whose delegations are overtly hostile against us,” he said citing the delegations of the Baltics, Sweden, Georgia and some other countries.
In PACE’s April session the Russian delegation was stripped of vote, excluded from the governing bodies and PACE monitoring missions until the end of 2014, as Crimea joined the Russian Federation. After the resolution had been adopted, the delegation departed from Strasbourg earlier than expected and declined to visit the Assembly’s sessions in June and October.