PACE suspends Russian delegation's voting rights until April

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has resumed its suspension of the Russian delegation's voting rights and its right to be represented in some of the assembly's ruling bodies for the period up to April.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has resumed its suspension of the Russian delegation's voting rights and its right to be represented in some of the assembly's ruling bodies for the period up to April.

PACE passed an appropriate resolution on Wednesday.

"The Assembly has decided to suspend [the Russian delegation's] voting rights and its right to be represented in the Assembly's leading bodies. The Assembly said it would return to this issue at its April 2015 part-session and would consider re-establishing these two rights if Russia has made marked and measurable progress towards implementing the demands of the Assembly," according to the resolution.

"In addition, the Assembly also suspends - for the duration of the Assembly's 2015 session - the right of its Russian members to be appointed as a rapporteur, to observe elections or to represent the Assembly in other Council of Europe or external bodies," the document says.

In April 2014, PACE suspended both Russia's voting rights and its right to sit on the assembly's governing bodies following Crimea's reconnection with Russia in March. The Russia delegation at PACE dismissed such measures as "discriminatory" and decided to stay away during the summer and autumn sessions of the assembly.

The credentials of the national delegations at PACE were approved on Monday. However, a group of more than 30 parliamentarians lodged a protest against a decision to approve the Russian delegation's credentials, promoting a separate debate on this matter on Wednesday.

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.