Russian statesman Sergei Naryshkin
Read on vl-news.com. He wrote about it in his article published on Wednesday, February 4 in “Rossiyskaya Gazeta.”
As the Chairman of the State Duma wrote, during the plenary sessions he “could not shake off a thought that we are witnessing something completely absurd – incompatible with either elementary logic, nor with the natural aspiration of any person for peace, well-being of his nation and his own family.” “Yes, such a lack of common sense and considerable cynicism in PACE actions can be largely explained by the pressure from the United States that openly behave as an aggressor which is interested in a new repartition of the world,” – he said.
According to Naryshkin, the events of recent months force us to rethink a lot of things. “That includes rethinking the reliability of many of our partners that have opted for European policy dependent on another continent. Such choice is at least strange: after all, in geopolitical matters Europe is not a “baby”, and at different it managed to defend its right to independence, “- said the Chairman of the State Duma.
According to him, PACE is rapidly losing the reputation of a pan-European platform for dialogue. “There are more and more fringe politicians in it; and the leadership of the European Council is not expressing the desire to adequately respond to their antic,” – he stated.
On January 28, PACE extended sanctions against the Russian delegation, which were introduced in April of 2014 after the annexation of the Crimea to Russia, and decided to deprive it of voting rights and also of participating in the governing bodies of the Assembly until April of this year. In response, Alexei Pushkov, who headed the Russian delegation during the winter session, said that Russia, as promised, suspends its activities in PACE until the end of 2015.
On Monday, January 26, Naryshkin was not allowed to speak at the ceremony by the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg, were PACE operates. The event was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp in Auschwitz. The head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky called this decision of the PACE President Anne Brasseur outrageous.