Volodin: no reason for Russia to resume PACE financing

Volodin: no reason for Russia to resume PACE financing

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said he sees no grounds for the Russian delegation’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and resumption of its financing by Russia.

"We see that PACE has become a hostage to radical groups of lawmakers, who do not recognize the supremacy of the Council of Europe’s Statute and ignore the principles of parliamentarianism," the speaker said at the State Duma meeting, summing up the results of the autumn session.

"We have no reason to return to that organization and, all the more, to finance it until the provisions of the PACE regulations are amended and the norms that allow to strip national delegations and, hence the peoples represented in the Council of Europe, of their voting rights," TASS cited Volodin as saying.

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