The Government of the Russian Federation may refuse to pay mandatory contributions to the Council of Europe in connection with the non-admission of parliamentarians to work in the PACE.
«I express my point of view. I believe that while the Russian parliamentary delegation does not return to work in PACE, there can not be any funding,» Senator Valentina Matvienko told journalists.
According to the Senator, the country can not carry out decisions on contributions to the Council of Europe at the expense of taxpayers «in the face of such discrimination and limiting the activities of parliamentary delegations».
Payouts in full will be resumed immediately after the participation of Russian parliamentarians will be resumed in these structures.
In April 2014, the delegation of the Russian Federation to PACE was deprived of authority in connection with the reunification with the Crimea. In 2015, two issues were discussed on the resumption of activities of Russian parliamentarians in the international structure, but the sanctions remained in place.
Thus, representatives of the Russian Federation do not have the right to vote, nor can they be observers in elections in the Council of Europe.
In response to sanctions, the Russian delegation suspended participation in the PACE before the end of 2015, and in 2016 did not apply for confirmation of authority for the current year.