PACE ratified the credentials of the Russian delegation
PACE, Mediabox – Anne Brasseur (PACE President) on the credentials of the Russian delegation
107 deputies voted for the corresponding resolution, against – 36, abstained – 24. The Russians did not take part in the voting, since the question concerned their powers
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has ratified the credentials of the Russian delegation. 107 deputies voted for the corresponding resolution, against – 36, abstained – 24. The Russians did not take part in the voting, since the question concerned their powers.
Ukraine offered to refuse to ratify the powers of Russia. The head of the Ukrainian delegation, Maria Mezentseva, said that Moscow continues to violate human rights, in particular, in the annexed Crimea..
The Assembly did not support the Ukrainian amendment. The adopted document contains a separate clause stating that the ratification of the powers of the Russian delegation is not a recognition of the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula..
Among other things, the parliamentarians in the resolution criticized Russia for changes in the Constitution, which establish the priority of Russian law over international law. PACE also condemned amendments to Russian legislation regarding non-profit organizations and the media, as well as laws restricting the rights of LGBT people..
PACE decision was condemned by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
In 2015, PACE deprived Russia of the right to participate in the work of the assembly due to the annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Since 2017, Russia has stopped paying contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe and has threatened to leave the organization. On June 25, 2019, PACE by a majority vote adopted amendments to the regulations and a resolution that allowed the Russian delegation to return to work in the assembly. The delegations of Ukraine and Georgia contested the credentials of the Russian delegation. In response, Russian deputies warned that Russia would withdraw from PACE if the assembly retains at least some of the restrictions introduced earlier..