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MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. Russia will continue its participation in the work of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and in Russia-EU cooperation programs involving various federal executive and judicial bodies, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday, commenting on PACE’s stripping the Russian delegation of the right to vote.
He also said that in line with the Council of Europe’s charter, contributions to the Council of Europe’s budget were irrevocable and were not subject to breaking down by expense items.
"Notably, the Russian Federation, along with Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, are key contributors to the Council of Europe’s budget, which means that the sum of their contributions accounts for at least 50% of the overall budget of the organization guaranteeing the functioning of the Council of Europe, including in periods of crises," Lukashevich said.