Russian delegation’s credentials challenged

The credentials of the new Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), presented this morning on the second day of the summer plenary session in Strasbourg, have been challenged on both substantive and procedural grounds.

Nino Goguadze (Georgia, EC), making the challenge on substantial grounds, cited Russia’s “persistent failure to honour obligations and commitments”. She was supported by at least thirty members of the Assembly present in the Chamber, belonging to at least five national delegations.

Volodymyr Ariev (Ukraine, EPP/CD), making the challenge on procedural grounds, cited irregularities in the composition of the delegation. He was supported by at least ten members of the Assembly present in the Chamber, belonging to at least five national delegations.

The challenges were referred without debate to the relevant committees for report to the Assembly, which will consider the question tomorrow at 3.30 pm, the opening of the afternoon sitting.

The members of the Russian delegation are entitled to sit provisionally with the same rights as other members until the Assembly has reached a decision but may not vote on their own credentials.