New sanctions against Russia may limit its actions in the international arena. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is developing a resolution proposing to deprive the Russian delegation of authority again. The document is prepared by the Dutch parliament. They offer two options: total or partial revocation of authority.
The question of the authority of the Russian delegation in the PACE may be raised on the first day of the winter session, when according to the rules of the Assembly there will be automatically restored the powers of all delegations, affected by the sanctions.
The members of the Russian delegation, in their turn, intend to defend the rights of Russia in the next PACE session, which will be held January 26-30 at all accounts.
"Now, some leaders of the PACE committees are in Kyiv and try to somehow understand the situation and decide what to do with the delegation of the Russian Federation in January. But the Ukrainians categorically oppose to even partial restoration of the rights of Russia. As a PACE deputy, I think that our rights will not be restored," says Leonid Kalashnikov, the deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
According to him, given Russia's position – not to participate in the PACE even with partial restriction of rights, the Russians will not be deprived of all their powers.
Sergei Naryshkin, a spokesperson for the State Duma, who will be in Strasbourg during the first two days of its work, has already expressed his readiness to take part in the session. It is known that the Member of Parliament is planning to speak at the "round table" on the role of parliamentary institutions in restoring confidence in Europe. It is possible that during this time in the PACE there will be decided the fate of the whole Russian delegation.
Earlier, the Russian parliamentarians have lost some of their powers – the right to speak and vote at the Assembly meetings, to participate in the work of the governing bodies, as well as in the missions of the election observers. This happened back in April, 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. After that, the Russian delegation left the session early, refusing to participate in the June and October sessions of the Assembly.