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Russia may preventively suspend membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It is reported by "Kommersant" referring to the head of the Russian delegation to the PACE, Chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs edinorosov Alexei Pushkov. The MP explained that in such a case, PACE will lose the right to monitor the situation in Russia, while Moscow will continue to fulfill the commitments made to the Council of Europe, in particular to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty.
On the suspension of membership may be announced at the next session of PACE, which will be held April 7-11. At this session, the agenda of which included performances Ukrainian premier Yatsenyuk, is expected to discuss the draft resolution on Russian authority in the Assembly on the situation in Ukraine. At present, two projects have already registered document. Each signed by more than 50 members, in accordance with the rules of PACE allows to consider them at the session.
The first paper introduced the Briton Robert Walter. His project offers "unequivocally condemn the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine" and to deprive the Russian delegation of authority.
Second draft prepared Dane Mikael Jensen Ostrupom, provides for "the suspension of voting rights of the Russian delegation." This measure has been used against Russia in 2000 in connection with the second Chechen war. Similarly, proposed to punish Russia and in 2009, after the war with Georgia, but then this idea was not supported.
In response, the State Duma adopted a statement 446 votes, which has regarded the idea of depriving the Russian delegation to the PACE powers as "destructive step».
During the discussion, a Communist Tamara Pletnev invited Russia to withdraw from most of the PACE. Pushkov actually supported this initiative. "If we resign ourselves, then our opponents will not vote for that," - said edinoros meaning of such a decision. He added that the delegation will do this step if PACE will gravitate toward tougher sanctions against Russia. Membership in the Assembly countries suspended at least until the end of the year, said Pushkov.
First deputy chairman of the Duma faction "Fair Russia" Mikhail Emelyanov, for his part, said that European integration in Russia was interested in the 1990s. Now that "Russia has become an independent center of global development", the need to work in the European institutions for the country no longer needed.
Meanwhile, Communist Nikolai Kharitonov rebuked PACE is that it was under pressure from her in Russia has been a moratorium on the death penalty.
Suspension of membership in the PACE did not rule on Tuesday as Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko.