The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland has said that Russia be expelled from the CE, if Moscow in the future will not pay membership fees. In the Russian Federation do not exclude the possibility of withdrawal from the organization, in the period of 2016-2017, Russia is not confirmed by the application of their powers because of “Russophobic sentiment”.
Jagland said that the Charter of the Council of Europe can impose sanctions against defaulters, therefore, the Committee of Ministers may terminate the participation of Russia in PACE and the Committee of Ministers, reports Gazeta.ru.
“According to the Ordinance, if the state does not pay for two years, apply article 9. Two years will come in June next year. And I think that then the Committee of Ministers not only can, but must apply article. It is absolutely unacceptable to tolerate that a country that is still here, not paid contributions.You cannot be half dick, half-no, that would be a disaster for the whole of the Convention”
— Thorbjorn Jagland
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe
At the same time, Moscow said earlier about the possibility of leaving the Council of Europe. According to the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, permission to exit is. She stressed that to defer this question does not make sense, because 4 years of negotiations not only ended successfully but didn’t break the logjam, reports FAN. PACE President Lillan Maury Pasquier said that the Russian Federation has created an imbalance in the activities of statutory bodies PACE, the country is not involved in the work of the organization in 2014. At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation to PACE Vladimir Aryev said, returning Russia to the ranks of the organization wants the German side.
We will remind, recently in the Council of Europe has developed a plan to counter the lifting of sanctions against Russia.