Russia is not going to completely withdraw from the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), but it was prepared to work only on " full equality ", said the Head of the state Duma on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov in an interview to the newspaper.
punishment against the Russian delegation to PACE were introduced in April last year because of the position of the Russian Federation on Ukraine and Crimea. The Russian deputies were deprived of the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. In 2015 the penalties were extended. The head of the PACE Anne Brasseur said before, the issues of restoration of credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation have the opportunity to be reviewed in January 2016.
Pushkov said that now in the Russian delegation only on personal channels "vague hints" about the desire to cooperate, however, serious breakthroughs in the anti-Russian sentiment, according to his statement, no.
"We do not see and the readiness to abandon the policy of sanctions. But let's hope that positive changes will happen, because Russia is not out of PACE and We do not set ourselves the task of complete withdrawal from the organization ", - quotes the magazine fluff.
He drew attention that the Russian Federation is ready to cooperate only on the basis of full equality and equal status with other delegations.