PACE Vice-Speaker, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy said that the face-to-face session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be held no earlier than January next year, RIA Novosti writes.
He said that the session scheduled for October was canceled, and the next PACE session in the usual, face-to-face format, if it takes place, then not earlier than January.
Tolstoy also recalled that elections for the PACE Secretary General, judges of the ECHR and other officials of the Council of Europe should be held in January.
He added that if, due to epidemiological restrictions, not all delegations are able to attend the upcoming session, it would violate the principle of equal rights in the assembly. Thus, the deputy noted that he considers it unfair to hold such meetings in relation to those who cannot be present in person.
Earlier, the summer session of PACE was canceled amid the spread of coronavirus.
Prior to that, Tolstoy turned to PACE President Hendrik Dams with a proposal to use the funds saved due to the cancellation of the assembly's events to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Europe.