As reported by Censor.NET citing Europeiska Pravda, this was announced by PACE President Anne Brasseur.
She confirmed that the legal stance she notified Moscow of last week remains in force.
The Russians would not be able to form their delegation this year, only after the next elections, she said.
This is not about emotions, but about the rules, she said. The session legally starts in January and lasts until the end of the year, and the delegation should apply by the beginning of the session, as agreed by the PACE Bureau. According to Brasseur, the Bureau accepted her letters to Moscow explaining the Russian ban from the Assembly session from the legal point of view and had no objections.
Russian parliamentary elections are scheduled for mid-September. Until that the Russian delegation is not allowed to participate in PACE sessions due to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
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