The Duma refused to transfer to the budget of the PACE contribution in 2018
Moscow. 13 Feb. INTERFAX.RU — the Duma Council decided to withhold the contribution to the budget of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said first Vice-speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov.
“The Duma Council adopted decision about payment of contributions of the Russian Federation for 2018 in the budgets of international organizations”, — told reporters on Tuesday the millers.
He listed those organizations where the decision to list the contributions of the Russian Federation: this inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe parliamentary Assembly of black sea economic cooperation, inter-parliamentary Union, international Federation of library societies and associations and the Secretariat of the parliamentary conference of the Caspian sea.
As you probably noticed, some of these organizations do not have the PACE.Ivan Belnikaservis Vice-speaker of the state Duma
In turn, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky stated that due to non-payment of the contribution of Russia in PACE in 2018, the organization will have to cut important programs.
In April 2014, the PACE has deprived the Russian delegation of certain fundamental rights, including the right to vote, because of the events in the South-East of Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. In protest, the delegation suspended its participation in the Assembly. According to Moscow, the regulations governing the organization protects the rights of national delegations, and this allows the PACE to make decisions that infringe the rights and interests of country delegations to deprive them of voice, the right to participate in decision-making bodies and monitoring missions, as happened with the delegation of the Russian Federation.
In the summer of 2017 Moscow announced the suspension of payment of part of the contribution to the budget of the COE in connection with the participation of the Russian delegation in the PACE.