"We discussed this critical situation with the Russian credentials… Almost everyone agrees that we should use the year of 2016 to find a way together [out of this crisis]," Stefan Schennach told Sputnik.
He added that both sides need to show steps toward resolution of the crisis.
A PACE resolution in April 2014 deprived 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.
The 2014 resolution curbing Russia’s rights in PACE was renewed last April, whereas a reconfirmation of the delegation's credentials was slated for the winter 2016 session.