President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe in Moscow: “We must continue dialogue with Russian MPs”

Russian delegation will return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe after the EU begins to drop off the anti-Russian sanctions, Russian senator Alexei Pushkov, who stood at the head of the delegation to PACE for five years in the past, told TASS on Thursday.

It appears that the Russian Parliament will not submit credentials of the new delegation to the Assembly during our January part-session. I told the Speaker of the State Duma that I regret this decision because the Parliamentary Assembly brings together 47 member States of the CoE, not 46. However, we must continue dialogue with Russian MPs, because if their voice is not heard, our debates cannot reflect the diversity of views and opinions that exist in Europe.” Pedro Agramunt, President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said in Moscow last week.

PACE suspended voting rights of Russian delegation and excludes it from leading bodies in April 2014 following the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.