Council of Europe (CoE)
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's answer to a media question on Russian Federation membership fee payment to the Council of Europe for 2017−2018
Question: Can you comment on the information that the Russian Federation will pay its outstanding fee to the budget of the Council of Europe?
Maria Zakharova: As you know, after the restoration of the full rights of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in June of this year, Russia paid its full fee to the organisation for 2019.
The Russian Federation also complied with its obligation to pay the full membership fee for the previous two years. The Russian Government issued an instruction on August 27, 2019, whereby Russia’s outstanding fee for 2017 and 2018 would be transferred to Strasbourg.
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