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Russia refuses to pay Council of Europe over Ukraine dispute

Staff Writer | June 7, 2017
Russia announced that it has refused to pay about EUR11 million, a third of its annual payment, to the Council of Europe because of restrictions imposed over the Ukraine conflict.
Vyacheslav Volodin
Tensions   "The annual financing goes in stages"
"The annual financing goes in stages. A third remaining at the end of the year is not being transferred," the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, said in comments carried by state media.

Russia's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe lost much of its fundamental authority, including its right to vote, in 2014 after Russia annexed neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Council of Europe, whose mission is to uphold human rights, democracy and rule of law in the continent, said Russia has repeatedly had made similar threats before.

"Today is not the first time that we are reading this in the Russian press," spokesman Daniel Höltgen told dpa.

"However, we cannot confirm that the Russian authorities have informed the Council of Europe."