The Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible as UNIAN reported.
The amendments were provided by the group of PACE lawmakers headed by Ukrainian representatives, while the offers of the pro-Russian MPs were rejected by the majority of voices.
However, the document should also face the approval at the plenary meeting during which the resolution will be considered.
Talking about the amendments, the first one offers to leave the threshold during the voting at the level 1/2 instead of raising it to 2/3 but exclude Russia from the voting. Such a decision will make the return of Russia's delegation to the PACE much more difficult.
The second amendment offers to ban officials elected at the occupied territories (particularly in annexed Crimea) from the participation in the work of PACE.
Earlier the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a declaration on the situation in the PACE, condemning the attempt to cancel the restrictions against the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
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.
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.
On June 27, the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE refused to visit the annual reception of Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.