Russia may regain right to vote at PACE

Russia may regain right to vote at PACE

Stefan Shennah, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rapporteur for Russia’s credentials, has proposed the return of Russia’s right to vote at the PACE and limiting of its participation in monitoring missions. The organization will consider his initiative on January 28.

Leonid Slutsky, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the PACE, noted that the draft resolution would ratify Russia’s authority to encourage dialogue, but limit the appointment of Russian delegates as rapporteurs, participants of monitoring missions and members of PACE institutions.

Slutsky noted that the U.S. wanted to continue sanction pressure on Russia. He added that Russia will demand a return of all its authority in the organization.

Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information, said that the PACE would not be a fully-fledged organization without Russia’s right to vote, because Russia was a member of Europe and had a direct impact on its policy. The expert opined that anti-Russian sanctions will only get harsher in time and become more diverse. He believes that Russia has already recovered from the shock and will search for solutions to the U.S.-provoked crisis on its own.

Stefan Shennah, the PACE rapporteur for Russia’s credentials, proposed return of Russia’s right for vote at the PACE and limiting of its participation in monitoring missions. The organization will consider his initiative on January 28.Leonid Slutsky, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the PACE, noted that the draft resolution would ratify Russia’s authority to encourage dialogue, but limit appointment of Russian delegates as rapporteurs, participants of monitoring missions and members of PACE institutions.Slutsky noted that the U.S. wanted to continue sanction pressure on Russia. He added that Russia will demand all authority at the organization back.Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information, said that the PACE would not be a full-fledged organization without Russia’s right for vote because Russia was a member of Europe and had direct impact on its policy.The expert opined that anti-Russian sanctions will only get harsher in time and become more diverse. He believes that Russia has already recovered from the shock and will search for solutions for the U.S.-provoked crisis on its 

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