Russia ready to pay fee to Council of Europe

Russia ready to pay fee to Council of Europe

Russia is ready to return a debt of 60 million euro to the Council of Europe, which has been accumulated over two years of non-payment, a diplomatic source familiar with the situation said.

Earlier, chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said that in addition to the full restoration of the Russian delegation’s rights, PACE should eliminate the very threat of further discrimination against national delegations. "In this case, Russia will be ready not only to pay its annual contribution, but also to recover the debt that has accumulated over the past two years," he stressed, noting that this is Russia's official position.

The Federation Council noted the need to reform the Council of Europe so that each delegation has a guaranteed voting right, the Izvestia newspaper wrote.