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    Anne Brasseur said that Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will discuss Russia's credentials at its next session in summer.

    STRASBOURG (Sputnik) The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss Russia's credentials at its next session in summer, PACE President Anne Brasseur told Sputnik on Monday.

    "It [Russia's credentials] is going to be on the agenda in June, because if you look at the paragraph 16 of the resolution, we have to put that on the agenda, and there it will be not only about sanctions but also about credentials," Brasseur told Sputnik prior to the Assembly's spring session.

    The PACE head commented on her announcement that the Assembly had earlier decided not to discuss voting rights of the Russian delegation during the spring session.

    "We took a resolution where we said that we will come back to the sanctions we took against the Russian delegation if progress was made," Brasseur said at a press conference ahead of the session.

    She added that the PACE monitoring committee stated no progress on the points provisioned in the resolution. "So there was no need to come back to this question of discussing the sanctions," Brasseur said.

    The PACE chief said the Assembly was going to discuss the situation in Ukraine, rather than Russia's voting rights, during this week's meetings in Strasbourg, France.

    PACE stripped Russia of its accreditation last April in response to Crimea's reunification with Russia and the start of the Ukraine crisis, prompting the Russian delegation to quit.

    At a January 2015 session, the Assembly voted to prolong restrictions against Russia due to its stance on hostilities in Ukraine, which strained EU-Russian relations. PACE said the Russian delegation could have its voting powers back if it demonstrated substantial progress in the dialogue with Strasbourg.


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