Members of the State Duma: it is possible that a “road map” for resolving the Russian-PACE crisis would be developed until the end of May

Leonid Slutskiy, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, noted that "the resolution on Tiny Kox’s report that was adopted last week allows to develop a roadmap for resolving the crisis in Russia's relations with PACE"

“The resolution on the Tiny Kox’s report that was adopted last week allows to develop a “road map” to resolve the crisis in Russia's relations with PACE,” said Leonid Slutskiy Slutskiy Leonid Eduardoviсh Slutskiy
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He noted that implementing the Tiny Kox’s report, on May 17, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe might decide to establish a joint structure, which will deal with issues of countries in difficult or critical situations, with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

“I admit and consider it highly probable that within this framework a recommendation on the exclusion of sanctions articles from the PACE rules can be made to the Standing Committee of the Assembly,” said the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs.

He said that in its turn at a meeting in Paris on May 24, the so-called mini-session of the Assembly, the Standing committee could adopt a report and a resolution on amending the PACE regulations.

“This is within competence of the Standing Committee. And then all the prerequisites for the return of the Russian delegation to Strasbourg will be created. After that, the Bureau of the Assembly only needs to decide that the powers of national delegations can be confirmed not once a year but at each PACE session,” Leonid Slutskiy said.

He believes that so far all this is only theoretically ”but if such a roadmap is fulfilled, Russian parliamentarians will be able to participate already in the June session of the Assembly, where the election of a new Secretary General of the Council of Europe will be held.“

“This is of key importance for our further cooperation with the organization because otherwise its legitimacy will be lost by 90%,” Leonid Slutskiy stressed.

“I do not give up hope for the prevalence of a reasonable and constructive approach within the Council of Europe. We have repeatedly said that Russia can return to PACE only after adoption of amendments to the regulation on the exclusion of sanctions norms that foresee deprivation of national delegations of the key powers. And this is the main prerequisite of the resumption of our work,” he concluded