‘Ukraine and Russia share responsibility for reaching this goal – the regulation of Donbas conflict. So PACE should continue working with representatives of both sides so that these countries contribute to full implementation of Minsk agreements’. Pedro Agramunt, the PACE President, said this in an interview with Interfax Ukraine news agency.
The politician said he saw his own destination in ‘providing equal rights for participation in the Assembly for all parliamentary delegations of the Council of Europe member countries’.
‘It’s true that our relations were marred by certain problems but these bounds are alive, and they can be improved. By gathering the Assembly’s members together, we can reach trust and general understanding of the fact that peaceful and prosperous society can only be built on the grounds of freedom, democracy, human rights and the supremacy of law’, Agramunt stressed.
The PACE will decide whether to continue cooperation with the Russian delegation in early 2017. Ukraine reacted with concern and disappointment on the PACE’s resolution about the necessity to restore the dialogue with Russia.
The Russian Federation was stripped of its vote in April 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of military conflict in Donbas. In January 2015, PACE extended the restrictive measures against the Kremlin for another year. Protesting against this, the Russian delegation said it’d suspend all contacts with PACE until late 2015.
In early 2016, Russia refused to join the PACE session so as to avoid extension of sanctions, saying that ‘there are too many inadequate views in this authority’. PACE noted that under such circumstances, Russia will not be able to join the Assembly’s work in 2016.
Source: Interfax Ukraine