14:25 Oct. 10, 2016
Pedro Agramunt called the Parliamentary Assembly to turn back Russian Federation
PACE President Pedro Agramunt wants Russia to return to Parliamentary Assembly. He said this while opening the autumn session. The Russian delegation was excluded from the organization because of sanctions.
"Situation, when Russia is absent at the Assembly, does not do any good to anyone - whether it is Russia, or the assembly, or any of other 46 countries", - said Pedro Agramunt.
PACE president added that he always supported the idea of returning the Russian delegation in spite of "some groups interfering". Pedro Agramunt insists that he will continue working on this issue and called all the political groups to discuss the question.
In April 2014, Parliamentary Assembly suspended Russian delegation's voting rights and its presence at the Assembly's leading bodies. The decision was made after Russian parliament backed occupation of Crimea and Russian intervention into Ukraine. The sanctions were prolonged in 2015 but lapsed in 2016. Yet, Russia decided not to submit its credentials to the PACE for ratification, so as for now, Russia is absent at the Parliamentary Assembly.