05:35 GMT +311 December 2018
Listen Live
    Building of Council of Europe in Strasbourg

    Russia May Be Asked to Leave Council of Europe – Jagland

    © Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko
    Europe
    Get short URL
    309

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Council of Europe (CoE) member states will have to make a decision in connection with Russia's refusal to resume payments to the organization's budget, and there is a possibility that Moscow will be asked to leave the council, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjorn Jagland has stated.

    "The matter is now urgent. Our member states will soon have to take a decision on Russia’s non-payment. This procedure could lead to Russia being asked to leave. It is not too late to prevent RUXIT. I am appealing to our governments to take their responsibility seriously and to find a solution with Russia. There must be a dialogue at the highest level for the conference of Foreign Ministers in Helsinki in May 2019," Jagland told reporters.

    The official told reporters that he had informed the CoE Committee of Ministers about drafting the 2019 budget without Russia's contribution.

    Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian parliament's upper house’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said on October 11 that Russia was unlikely to change its stance on CoE payments. Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko said earlier the same day that Russia would make its final decision on CoE participation by January.

    In June 2017, Moscow froze part of its CoE contribution meant for Russia's PACE membership for 2018, until the Russian delegation's rights in the organization are completely restored.

    READ MORE: Moscow Doesn't Plan to Create Stronghold in Libya — Russian Embassy in UK

    Since 2016, the Russian delegation at PACE has not been renewing its credentials ahead of the assembly’s sessions in protest against the discrimination within the organization.

    The relations between PACE and the Russian lawmakers have been tense since 2014 when Russia was stripped of its voting rights in PACE governing bodies over the different stances on the Ukrainian conflict.

    Related:

    Russian Lawmaker Suggests Moscow Should Drop Council of Europe Membership
    EU Council to Adopt New Sanctions Regime on Chemical Weapons on October 15
    Council of EU Cuts Liechtenstein, Peru From 'Gray' List of Tax Havens
    UN Sec. Council Will Isolate Trump, Not Iran, Against US Wishes - Iran Deputy FM
    Tags:
    payments, participation, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Council of Europe, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik