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If Russia returns to PACE, Council of Europe to weaken and lose trust, - Klimkin

'Letting Russia return to PACE without it living up to key conditions is like changing the restriction measure from prison term to suspended sentence; at that, the criminal never took the rue', Ukraine's Foreign Minister said
20:27, 4 June 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin
Unian

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed that Russia's return to PACE could have unpleasant consequences for the Council of Europe. He posted that on Facebook

'Letting Russia return to PACE without it living up to key conditions is like changing the restriction measure from prison term to suspended sentence; at that, the criminal never took the rue. The Council of Europe risks becoming weaker and losing the important credit of trust. So does Europe, unfortunately', Klimkin said. 

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In April 2014, Russian delegation at PACE was stripped of many rights and authorities, including the vote right - because of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk region. The Russian delegation stopped working, protesting against that decision and demanding to change the internal regulations of PACE.

Recently, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy offered EU member countries to consider the option to extend the anti-Russian sanctions.

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