The Russian delegation at a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maria Peichinovich-Burich, expressed concern about the French proposed mechanism for responding to violations by the Council of Europe member states, Leonid Slutsky, member of the Russian delegation to PACE, head of the Duma committee on international affairs, told reporters.
Earlier, Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry Amelie de Monschalen announced the creation of a mechanism in the Council of Europe that would provide for a quick response to such violations together, including sanctions.
“We expressed our concerns, in particular, the model of trilateral cooperation proposed by the French Chairmanship of the CMCE (Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, statutory body) – CMCE, PACE, Secretary General – regarding countries that could theoretically appear as those that do not comply with statutory Council of Europe requirements and how to behave with such countries. In our opinion, the French model, which will be discussed tomorrow at the mixed committee, does not comply with the agreements reached at the Ministerial Conference of the CM CE in Helsinki, “he told reporters.
Slutsky also said that at the meeting the Russian delegation raised the issue of creating a Baltic Plus group in PACE, which included Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia. The parliamentarian noted that her appearance “is completely inconsistent with the spirit of constructive cooperation in the assembly.”
In May, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which met in Helsinki, issued a statement stating that all CoE countries should have the right to equal participation in the CMCE and PACE.
On June 26, PACE fully restored the powers of the Russian delegation, which was able to participate in the June session. Discrimination measures against Russian parliamentarians were introduced after the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
The autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is held in Strasbourg from September 30 to October 4.