The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) believes that talks about confirmation of powers of the Russian delegation after the elections to the State Duma "are too early." Deutsche Welle reports this citing PACE employee unit.
For this reason, the Assembly refused to officially comment on the statements of Kyiv about the possible withdrawal of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE if Russia returns to the Assembly.
At the same time the PACE officially said that "Ukrainians’ emotions can be understood", but such a move would be "justified from the point of view of the further protection of the interests of Ukraine itself in PACE".
However, the influential minority in the PACE is in favor of the return of the Russian delegation to the Assembly. As noted, it includes leaders of some political groups, who are guided by the principle: "Russia is too big to be ignored".
Earlier the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin announced that Ukraine may withdraw from participation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in case the powers of the authorities of the Russian delegation in this organization will be recognized, despite the illegitimacy of the elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea.