Council of Europe’s Parliamentary assembly President in Moscow to restore dialogue with Russia

During his visit to Moscow on September 6-7, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Pedro Agramunt intends to broach the subject of resuming a dialogue between Russia and the organization that he represents. The politician also said that this matter will be discussed during the upcoming visit of Russian Parliament’s Upper House Speaker Valentina Matvienko to Strasbourg, adding that this event will present another opportunity to review the relations between Russia and PACE. (Sputnik News)

Duma speaker calls for reform of Council of Europe’s Parliamentary assembly because it risks to become too dependent on “Atlantic forces”. (The European Post)

Russia was suspended from Council of Europe body in 2014 after Russia-Ukraine crisis. The Assembly decided to suspend the Russian delegation’s voting rights as well as the right of Russian members to be represented in the Assembly’s leading bodies and to participate in election observation missions. However, the Russian delegation remained members of the Assembly. The sanction applied throughout the remainder of the 2014 session and was renewed for a full year in January 2015, lapsing in January 2016.

In response, the Russian parliamentary delegation suspended its co-operation with PACE in June 2014, and in January 2016 – despite the lapsing of the sanctions – decided not to submit its credentials for ratification, effectively leaving its seats empty. (Politico Europe/European Voice)