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PACE bureaucrats in Strasbourg have a lot to think about2009-09-08 14:16
Among other European structures the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly is particularly tough on Russia. This special attitude is understood as most PACE votes are represented by Europe's minor countries with their current complexes and constant advising from overseas. Russia whatever one may say is a big accomplished Eurasian state with its own standpoint. At the current PACE autumn session the Georgian delegation is going to raise the issue of divesting Russia of the voting right at the Assembly. The final term of the issue presentation is September 14.
Russia's traditional opponents in the PACE are Baltic countries, some Central European states and conservative parliamentarians from Western Europe. Over the recent years the Georgian delegation has become Russia's most implacable opponent. At the current PACE autumn session that will take place in Strasbourg from September 28 to October 3 the Georgian delegation plans to bring up the issue of divesting the Russian Federation of the right to vote at the Assembly.
At the PACE session in June it was already known that the Georgian delegation had finished signature collection for the proposal to divest Russia of the authorities at the Assembly. "At worst if repressive measures are taken against our delegation I will recommend making a break in relations with the PACE. Taking part in Assembly sessions makes no sense without the possibility to influence its decisions", - Konstantin Kosachev, Foreign Affairs State Duma Committee, head of Russian Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe told the journalists.
He specified that the final term to present the initiative is September 14. "If the Assembly accepts the proposal for consideration the Russian delegation will ask directives of both chambers of the Federal Council as the issue would be beyond its competence, - the Russian parliamentarian remarked noting that Russia should stay in the Council of Europe at all events in order to cooperate with all its structures including the European court of human rights.
"This is not about withdrawing from the Parliamentary Assembly. The matter is that if PACE takes some threats seriously and takes certain measures against Russia we will do what was promised. Anyway a compromise is most likely here: Russia doesn't want to withdraw, neither Europe wants to isolate Russia", - first vice president of the center of political technologies Alexey Makarkin forecasts.