The speaker of Russia’s lower house has called for radical changes to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary assembly, warning that the body risks becoming a “marginal site” totally dependent on “Atlantic forces.”
“The United States is trying to deprive other nations of time required for evolutionary development, forcing them into making sudden leaps. The experiments in revolutions are being made in many nations, even in their natural partners such as the countries of the European Union,” Sergey Naryshkin wrote in the article published on Friday in the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. (Russia Today)
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)
“Our return in October is out of question. And I would rather not call a January return a sure prognosis. I think that the decision will be made at the highest level, most likely by the president,” MP Leonid Slutsliy (LDPR) told TASS.
Heads of all political groups in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stand for the return of Russia’s delegation to the organization, Alexei Pushkov, the Foreign Affairs Committee chairman in the lower house of the Russian parliament. (Sputnik News)