Russia may demand return of 2014 PACE membership fee

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A resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has deprived Russia of the right to vote and banned Russia from PACE’s management until the end of the year due to Moscow’s refusal to give ground and cancel the Crimean referendum.

On 10 April, the Russian delegation left Strasbourg ahead of schedule. In the near future the Russian delegation may demand that PACE should return Russia’s 2014 fee which exceeds 22mln euros, The Izvestia reports.

This money was meant to finance Russian parliamentarians’ work, their participation in election observation missions. If Russia does not take part in PACE’s work on a full scale this expense is unjustified, a member of the Russian delegation told The Izvestia.

According to the media, the Russian State Duma and Council of the Federation may make statements on further relations with PACE this week. It may happen that the Russian delegation’s powers are completely put on hold. The situation will be discussed at the Federation Council’s Committee on International Affairs on 14 April.

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