Delegation at least 10 countries have called for the return of Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly during the meeting of the procedural Committee of PACE. In particular, these include France and Germany.
On his page in Facebook member of the Ukrainian delegation, Deputy Leonid Yemets called countries who support Russia’s return to PACE.
For the restoration of voting rights and the participation of the Russian Federation in bodies of the Assembly are:
- San Marino;
- The Netherlands;
But at least 5 countries against the return of the Russian delegation in the session hall of the PACE. Among them:
“This situation right now. Of course, this is not the whole Assembly, but noticeable to the naked eye, how has the situation changed after the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Those of the delegates who previously gently played against Russia in the PACE, are now forced to support the decisions of their governments,” – said the MP.
What is the PACE? The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, international European Advisory body composed of parliamentarians of all member States.
Among the important powers of the Assembly – election of the COE Secretary General and his Deputy, judges of the European court of human rights, the adoption of the opinions on the candidates of the new member States, monitoring the fulfilment of commitments undertaken upon accession.
PACE adopts conclusions on the projects of all the international conventions developed within the Council of Europe. In addition, the Assembly has traditionally become the forums for discussion of topical issues of European politics, they regularly invite the heads of state and government.
“However, despite the complexity of the situation, we have several options to counter Russian revenge. Now we made about 200 edits and will fight for each. If you pass any of those that modify certain paragraphs of the regulations, we will be able to neutralize the entire resolution,” said Yemets.
In summary, he stated that the Council of Europe itself destroys its own nature – those principles and values for which the international organization was created.
Why Russia lost the right to vote in PACE? In 2014 because of the events in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea the aggressor denied the right to vote. In response, Russia suspended its participation in the organization and does not pay the relevant contributions. By the way, a powerful Russian lobby has repeatedly tried to bring the Russian Federation in the PACE, however, all these attempts were blocked on time.
May 16 in the Council of Ministers endorsed the document, which paves the way for the return of Russia, and on may 17 he finally approved. This step may lead to the return of the Russian delegation to PACE. It is trying to prevent Ukraine. Foreign Minister Klimkin said that Ukraine will withdraw from the Council of Europe, if Russia will return the right to vote.
Such drastic steps our country can be solved, because if Russia will remove the sanctions, it would mean the normalization of the illegal actions of the Kremlin and the Minsk agreements will actually lose its meaning.