Proposal of Russia's monitoring by CoE Council of Ministers unacceptable for Moscow

The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) strongly opposes the recommendation to entrust the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers with monitoring of Russia's compliance with its commitments to the organization, PACE Vice-Speaker, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the Assembly Leonid Slutsky told reporters.

"Two documents - a draft resolution on the Russian monitoring report and a draft recommendation to transfer the monitoring powers to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers - will be put to vote at the Assembly [on Oct. 2]," he said.

The Assembly starts the autumnal session in Strasbourg on Oct. 1. Deputies will listen to a report on the monitoring of Russia's compliance with its commitments to the Council of Europe and adopt a resolution on October 2.

In the words of Slutsky, the recommendation transferring the monitoring powers to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers will be valid if it gains support of two-thirds of Assembly delegates.

"This procedure is totally unacceptable and incomprehensible for us. The initiative of monitoring to be done by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers instead of the Assembly was approved by the Monitoring Commission on September 4 in the absence of Russian representatives," Slutsky said.

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