25 Oct 2017 14:37

Premature to pay CoE membership fee until Russian delegation returns to work in PACE - Matviyenko

MOSCOW. Oct 25 (Interfax) - Russia should not pay Council of Europe (CoE) membership fee until its delegation returns to work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko told reporters on Wednesday.

"As for the membership fee, let me tell you my personal opinion. I think any funding is out of the question until the Russian delegation to PACE resumes its activity to the fullest extent," Matviyenko said.

"We cannot assign substantial funds and pay contributions to the Council of Europe with our taxpayer