I consider Russia's refusal to make a financial contribution unacceptable- declared Jagland. At the same time, he said: "I am in favor of Russia remaining in the Council of Europe."
He recalled that the countries that signed the agreement must comply with their provisions and their obligations.
The rules of the committee of ministers stipulate that if a member country of the Council of Europe does not pay its contribution to the budget within two years, the committee of ministers must take action in its relation. So we come to the end of this period in the middle of the 2019 of the year. And then the committee of ministers will need to take certain actions regarding the Russian Federation.- he said.
The delegation of the Russian Federation to PACE in April 2014 of the year was deprived of its main powers because of the events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with the Russian Federation. In response, the delegation of the Russian Federation stated that it was refusing to work under such conditions, and in 2016-2017, it did not send an application to confirm its authority because of the Russophobic sentiments in Strasbourg. At the end of June 2017, it became known that Moscow was suspending the payment of its contribution to the Council of Europe due to the non-participation of the delegation of the Russian Federation in the work of PACE.