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STRASBOURG, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is opening in Strasbourg on Monday. For the Russian delegation it is expected to become one of the most strenuous during the history of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe (CE): the parliamentarians plan to discuss the issue of sanctions against Moscow for the reunification with Crimea, even challenging the RF deputies’ powers in the Assembly.
“If the Walter’s initiative is put to the vote, and this will be finally become clear on Tuesday on the results of a meeting of the monitoring committee, Russia reserves the right to withdraw from the Assembly ahead of the voting by the end of the year and give the PACE the corresponding notification. In this case it would be impossible to vote on the powers, as the delegation voluntarily withdraws its powers,” Pushkov said. He also said that “if softer sanctions are applied — suspension of the right to vote or the right of address at plenary sessions — the Russian delegation would react without withdrawing the powers.”
The Russian delegation has arrived at the PACE session in full strength, including Slutsky who has been affected by the “Crimean” sanctions of the European Union. As a member of an international organization he must be admitted to the Assembly work.