The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland at a meeting with members of the parliamentary Assembly of the COE on 9 October really talked about the need to return to the PACE of the Russian delegation, however, is not subject to the payment of Moscow’s membership dues to the organization. This was stated press Secretary of the Secretary General Daniel Holtgen reported Yevropravda.

Earlier, the head of Ukrainian delegation Volodymyr Aryev, said that the meeting with the group of the European people’s party Jagland allegedly urged parliamentarians to take steps for the return of the Russian Federation in PACE. “We came up with the COE Secretary General and openly stated that after the refusal of Russia to do the membership fees the organization has two choices – to keep valuables or to keep the Council of Europe”, – claimed the Deputy.

Press Secretary of the Secretary General in turn said that these words – “a complete distortion of what I said Jagland”.

“In fact, he explained (at a meeting with a group of the EPP) that the decision on Russia’s presence in PACE would be important because of the (necessary) voting for the Executive positions of the Council of Europe, Secretary General of the organization, the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights, as well as judges of the ECHR,” – said Holtgen.

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Press Secretary of the Secretary-General also insists that these issues “is separate from the question of the contribution of Russia”.

“Jagland during the meeting also said that the failure of payment is unacceptable to member countries of the Council of Europe”, – concluded Holtgen.

In July of 2017, the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said that the aggressor state will pay an annual fee to the Council of Europe if its delegates will return to the PACE powers.

Have Jagland responded to allegations of “blackmail” because of pressure from Russia 10.10.2017

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