Issue of Russia’s return to PACE can be solved in January
13:25, 20 December 2017

Issue of Russia’s return to PACE can be solved in January

According to Kuleba, the situation is complex at the moment

13:25, 20 December 2017

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The situation around the return of Russian to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) can be solved in January. Dmytro Kuleba, the Permanent Representative at the European Council claimed this as Hromadske reported.

‘The situation is very dynamic. It changes week by week. We will wait for the end of the New Year’s holidays. The January will be crucial. The situation remains in limbo and the scales can be bowed to any side’, he said.

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Kuleba emphasized that Russia was sure three weeks ago that it will return to the PACE. However, Ukraine held the fundamental work through the diplomatic and parliamentarian channels. According to him, the journalists and experts had a prominent role when they publicly did not agree on the return of Russia.

As it was reported earlier 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up, Volodymyr Ariev, the head of Ukraine’s PACE delegation said.

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In October, PACE approved the resolution, which stipulates the necessity to harmonize the rules of membership and representation of member countries in the PACE and the ministerial committee. Due to the approval of this document, PACE now may restore the membership of the Russian delegation. Ukraine offered amendments to the resolution but they were denied.  

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