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    Moscow will not insist on its presence in various international organizations, and will not perform any demarches, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

    MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow will not insist on its presence in various international organizations, and will not perform any demarches, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

    “We won’t insist on our presence in some international structures, especially if they are incapable of showing their independence and forming their own point of view on key issues in international development. But we will not hold any demarches, we’ll be calm and work rhythmically,” Putin said.

    On April 10 PACE excluded Russian from the Assembly’s managerial bodies following Crimea’s reunification with Russia and suspended its right to vote and to participate in the election observance missions through the end of the year. In protest, the Russian delegation left the PACE spring session, which ended last Friday.

    Head of the Russian delegation Alexei Pushkov called the entire debate on Russia’s credentials a political farce and stated that Russia would not rush to reconsider its foreign policy and principles.

    PACE’s move to exclude Russian delegation from the managerial bodies came amid the continuing political thrust between Russia and its Western allies which followed the Ukrainian crisis.

    Moscow has described the events in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup and a military seizure of power.

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