Ukraine should recall its invitations for PACE, as it previously offered the Assembly to observe the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Foreign Minister recommended doing so if the authorities of the Russian delegation in PACE are completely restored after today's voting in the Assembly (June 26, - 112 International).
'If PACE confirms the authorities of the Russian delegation... if I were the Parliament, I would recall the PACE invitation to participate in observation of our parliamentary elections. After all, PACE with Russian MPs and PACE without them is two big differences, as the saying goes in Odesa. Finally, who are these people to teach us democracy after they let Russia return to PACE?', the Minister wrote on his Facebook page.
'As long as one wants it so bad, one can join the bilateral observation missions. But we have no trust for this Assembly anymore. We've got every right for it', he stressed.
Earlier, Ukraine has suspended its activity in the PACE - at least, for now. According to Ukraine's delegation Head Volodymyr Ariev, this is viewed as the protest against the fact that Russia's membership in this organization was restored.
The Assembly passed the respective resolution on late June 24; Russia received the right to return to PACE, without any limitations of the vote right. Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic States condemned this decision, demanding to strip Russia off its privileges and the right to take leading offices in PACE committees. The appeal will be considered already on June 26. Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky supported the decision of the Ukrainian delegation, saying he was disappointed with PACE resolution.