The lawmakers of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stopped the automatic confirmation of the authorities of the Russian delegation, as European Truth reported.
Member of Lithuanian delegation Emanuelis Zingeris stood against the confirmation of the authorities of the Russian delegation ‘due to substantial grounds - for violation of the commitments by Russia,’ including the actions of Russia in Ukraine and Georgia.
According to the PACE regulation, over 30 lawmakers supported this initiative. It means that the issue should be considered on merits soon.
Simultaneously, Latvian parliamentarian Marija Golubeva stood against the confirmation of the authorities of the Russians on the procedural grounds due to the fact that the citizens of occupied Crimea voted for the Russian lawmakers elected in the multi-mandate district.
This appeal was also confirmed by a few dozens of the parliamentarians.
The Russians will be able to work in the assembly until the solution of the issue but without the right to vote for the confirmation of their authorities.
The issue on the authorities of Russians will be filed to the committees for the elaboration of the draft decision. The final decision on the appeal or confirmation of the Russian authorities should be made during the first two days of the work of the session, according to MP, member of Ukraine’s delegation Oleksiy Honcharenko.
As we reported, the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe started on Monday, January 27.
Earlier, Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Yelyzaveta Yasko stated that Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation adopted a resolution on the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the January session in PACE.
As we reported, the Ukrainian delegation officially refused from participation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe autumn session due to Russia’s return.