Russia’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe hopes for PACE’s support for its draft declaration on the impermissibility of the revision of World War II results, the chief Russian delegate, State Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy said, adding that a sign-up campaign for the document’s adoption had already begun.
"We have many questions to ask at this session," Tolstoy told the media upon arrival at the Palace of Europe. "We are constructively minded."
"I hope that our colleagues will support our declaration on the impermissibility of revising World War II results, in which we protest in rather harsh terms against the current trend in some countries, including Poland [the attempts to ruin monuments to the liberator soldiers]."
"We will participate in the discussion of all issues on the agenda, we will be actively working in the committees," Tolstoy went on. "We hope that the powers of our delegation will be confirmed during the voting on the rules of procedure. As Russia’s representative I will take a seat on the PACE Bureau in the capacity of a deputy chair," TASS quoted him as saying.
The senator pledged that Russia’s delegation to PACE would leave the assembly’s winter session if its rights are restricted.
"I hope that the reasonable majority won’t make this kind of decisions. But if such a decision is made, we will leave," he stated after the Russian delegation’s rights had been challenged on substantive grounds and a relevant request had been sent to the PACE Monitoring Committee.