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C/U Sign reading in French: "Council of Europe. Parliamentary Assembly"
SOT, Alexei Pushkov, Russian delegation head at Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (speaking English): "I think if that, say two weeks ago, the exclusion of the Russian Federation was considered to be a forgone conclusion, it's not the case anymore. I think that the Assembly is much more split on this and that it would like to adopt a much more sophisticated view to express its disagreement with Russia but not to lose Russia as a partner and not to lose Russia for the parliamentary dialogue."
M/S Two man outside the Assembly
SOT, Alexei Pushkov, Russian delegation head at Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (speaking English): "I think it would be a handicap for the Parliamentary Assembly even more than for Russia because the Parliamentary Assembly is considered to be important because it has all the members of the large Europe I would say. And of course Russia is an important country. So if Russia is out, I think the Parliamentary Assembly will lose."
C/U Sign reading in English: "Council of Europe"
W/S Flags in front of Council of Europe building
W/S Sign reading in English and French: "Council of Europe"
W/S European Union flag
Head of the Russian Duma's Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, said that "the exclusion of the Russian Federation was considered to be a forgone conclusion" but that is no longer the case while speaking in Strasbourg, Monday.
He shared his vision of what the final version of the resolution of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) monitoring commission on the reconsideration of the credentials of the Russian delegation will be, saying that while Assembly is split on the issue of revoking Russia's credentials, Russia is considered a valued partner and a significant member of the European community, and cutting the bonds may be a bigger loss for Europe.
PACE's spring session opened Monday in Strasbourg. The Assembly will hold a debate on threats to the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine Wednesday, and will debate a request to reconsider the credentials of Russia's delegation (under Rule 9 of the Rules of Procedure) Thursday. The two subjects are considered to be the main issues of the session.
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