Moscow calls the deprivation of the Russian delegation to PACE of voting rights "spontaneous action of the Russophobic deputies," said Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexey Meshkov.
"I just decided not to link the issue with the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This independent action of the Russophobic deputies, not more than that, "he said at a press conference in MIA" Russia today ".
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.
According to Meshkov, " all modern history has proven that punishment Is a way in anywhere. It's a unique case in modern history that punishment worked ". Generally, the idea of punishment associated with attempts to harm the leadership of one country or another, and hit them on the General population. I'm not talking about the punishment relative to Russia, this problem is effectively solved ", - said the Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.