“The resolution adopted today contains an appeal to the Russian delegation to return to the Assembly, but still does not provide any guarantee of the meaningful and full-fledged participation of the Russian delegation in the activities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,” said the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Petr Tolstoy.
According to him, the document, for example, does not provide guarantee that when Russia returns to PACE, its delegation will regain all its legitimate rights, including the right to vote.
“Our European colleagues by adopting the resolution actually issued an ultimatum: come back, pay money, otherwise you will be expelled. It is surprising that during all this time, the PACE has not learned the simple truth: no one can speak in ultimatum tone with Russia!” Petr Tolstoy emphasized.
“We can only say one thing: for our part, we are ready for the dialogue and we will wait patiently for the PACE to change its rules and bring it into line with the Statute of the Council of Europe. We are always open to dialogue,” Petr Tolstoy concluded.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution that calls Russia to form a delegation and pay contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe.