MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A PACE resolution in April 2014 stripped the Russian delegation of its voting rights, following Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Russian lawmakers were barred from participating in PACE's three key bodies — its bureau, its presidential committee and the standing committee.
"We are not talking about an exit," Pushkov stressed, adding that Russia would continue to work with the EU Council and the Court of Human Rights.
The 2014 resolution curbing Russia’s rights in PACE was renewed last April. Alexei Pushkov, the long-time head of Russia’s delegation and chief of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, warned in June that the delegation would refrain from taking part in PACE sessions if its voting powers are not restored at the January 2016 session.