She said that the meeting of the PACE Bureau took place today. In particular, the deputies have studied and discussed the issue concerning Nadia Savchenko's inability to attend Strasbourg.
Brasseur explained that the PACE rules imply that the Assembly members have immunity. They all are entitled to inviolability not only during the session (in Strasbourg), but must also have one to attend the session. That means that the country (the Russian Federation) must remove all obstacles for the deputy to travel to the meeting. Therefore, if one of the MPs is behind bars, the person should be released by the government which he or she is held by.
Anne Brasseur added that the decision has not yet been made formally - it must be approved by the Regulation Committee, where the Bureau's proposal was directed to, but the president of PACE has no doubt that the decision will be made.
Brasseur said that the Russian colleagues were asked to liberate Savchenko if they want to act in accordance with Council of Europe rules.