"If PACE adopts a report on credentials by Petra De Sutter with recommendations from the procedures committee on the first day of its session on 24 June, the delegation of Russia may return to the assembly", Slutsky said.
Earlier in the day, the PACE Committee on Rules of Procedure adopted a draft resolution paving the way for Russia's participation in the next PACE session. The resolution, which is part of a report by Belgian lawmaker Petra De Sutter, is scheduled for debate at the PACE plenary session on 24 June.
Relations between Russia and the Council of Europe, particularly its parliamentary body, worsened after PACE deprived the Russian delegation of the right to vote in the wake of Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014.
In October 2018, European Council's Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland announced that Russia would face expulsion from the council if it did not pay its contributions for two years, in accordance with to the organization's charter.
In April, PACE members adopted a resolution urging Russia to form a delegation, pay its membership fees and return to the assembly. Moscow, however, has demanded guarantees that it will be granted the right to vote before it returns.