Russian MPs' removal from key PACE bodies calls into question Russia's work at PACE in 2014 - Leonid Slutsky

Planned amendments to a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that propose removing Russian representatives from the PACE Bureau.

Planned amendments to a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that propose removing Russian representatives from the PACE Bureau, as well as the assembly's Standing and Presidential Committees call into question the Russian delegation's work at Strasbourg in 2014, the deputy head of Russia's delegation to PACE and chairman of the State Duma CIS Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, told reporters on Thursday.

"Such a "bouquet" of sanctions is too much for the Russian Federation," he said.

Even if the Russian delegation's rights at PACE are maintained and a decision is made against suspending Russia's membership in PACE, the adoption of such amendments "will call into question the Russian delegation's work on the PACE platform in 2014," Slutsky said.

On Thursday morning, the PACE Monitoring Committee endorsed an amendment that removes Russian representatives from the PACE Bureau, the assembly's Presidential and Standing Committees, as well as PACE observation missions.

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