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Russia suspends participation in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Moscow, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Russian lawmakers suspended the participation of the country's delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Senators of the Russian Federation and lawmakers of the State Duma (Lower House of Parliament) deem it reasonable and legitimate to suspend Russia’s participation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Senate’s press service stressed on Wednesday.

They also agreed to eliminate the payment of the Russian Federation’s contributions to the budget of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, a statement from the two chambers noted.

On June 19, the International Committee of the Federation Council (Upper House of Parliament), supported by the State Duma, proposed suspending Russia’s membership in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Committee Chairman Grigory Karasin informed earlier that Russia had received a note from Romania, which is hosting an Assembly session from June 29 to July 3, stating that no member of the Russian delegation would be granted a visa due to the conflicts in Ukraine.

Committee First Deputy Chairman Vladimir Dzhabarov regretted that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has been transformed from a forum for equal dialogue into “a politicized instrument to implement purposefully the anti-Russia course.”