PACE to discuss suspension of Russian delegation’s credentials

PACE to discuss suspension of Russian delegation’s credentials
# 26 January 2015 12:44 (UTC +04:00)

Strasbourg. Fuad Gulubeyli – APA. President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Ms Anne Brasseur on Monday held a press conference on the first day of PACE’s winter session.

The PACE President said that at this session PACE is to discuss several issues concerning the latest tension between Russia and Ukraine, APA’s Europe correspondent reports.

“This morning the PACE Bureau decided to discuss the issue of one-year extension of the term of the decision passed on April 2014 about suspending the credentials of the Russian delegation to PACE at the plenary meeting on the third day of the session. A lot of assembly members demanded that the suspension of Russia’s credentials should be extended for another one year in light of the latest escalation between Russia and Ukraine. On the second day of the session, there will be separate discussions on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Furthermore, the latest terror attacks in Paris was included on the agenda as an extraordinary discussion of PACE and will be discussed on the third day of the session,” Ms. Brasseur noted.

With regard to the statement of Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin that Russia would break off all ties with PACE, in case Russia faces sanctions, Ms. Brasseur said making decision in this regard is in the competence of the State Duma.

“PACE will act in accordance with its regulations and procedures. We've passed a decision today and in accordance with the procedure this decision will be submitted to the relevant committees of the assembly, a report will be developed, a special rapporteur on the issue will be appointed. We will take a final decision on the third day of the session after discussing the report,” the PACE president added.

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