Cannon: Russia refused to PACE in the creation of a working group on Ukraine

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs noted that some European parliamentarians expressed hope that Russia will return to the Assembly and will continue to work

Russia has refused to offer the speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Anne Brasseur establish a working group in Ukraine, as it believes the inability to interact with the organization in terms of sanctions imposed against him. This was announced in an interview with the newspaper “Izvestia” the chairman of the Duma Committee for International Affairs, the head of the Russian delegation to PACE, Alexei Pushkov.

The politician said that after the January session of PACE “in the State Duma began to receive letters, including the head of the PACE Brasseur, with a proposal to establish a working group on Ukraine, inquiries about with whom they can meet in Russia for some reports.”

“We were told that in the context of sanctions no interaction until the end of the year will not” - confirmed the MP.

He noted that some European parliamentarians expressed hope that Russia will return to the Assembly and continue to work. “However, we have already stated that froze our relationship before the end of the year, as categorically disagree with the renewal of sanctions,” - said the head of the Duma Committee.

Despite this, the manual PACE “some people have a glimmer of hope that, as the sanctions taken until April, then maybe, the Russian delegation will return in April and then again to be considered on its powers,” said the gun.

“But we refuse to convert each session in the Inquisition for Russia and for the joy Russophobes of the Baltic states, Poland, Sweden,” - he warned.

In this context, the head of the Russian delegation said that even before the January session of the State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin made a statement that, in case of renewal of sanctions, Russia suspended its work in the Assembly until 2016. “Then one thought it was a bluff, blackmail others, but it was not a bluff and blackmail, we just informed them, and they made their choice,” - he said.

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