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Return of Russia to PACE is step for recognition of Crimea as Russian,- Russian official

Slutsky thinks that PACE’s refusal to adopt amendments to assembly’s report on Crimean status as occupied Ukrainian territory shows that the countries of the Council of Europe may recognize Crimea as Russian
12:26, 27 June 2019

Leonid Slutsky, the member of State Duma
RIA news

The result of the voting of the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which confirmed the authorities of the Russian delegation in full is a step to recognize Crimea as Russian as TASS reported citing Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“By its voting on amendments (on status of Crimea as occupied Ukrainian territory, - 112.international) to the approved report, which were qualified by the majority by two thirds of votes of the PACE were failed, in fact, the first landmark step is made on the recognition of Crimea as Russian by the states of the Council of Europe,” Slutsky said.

Related: Ukraine's withdrawal from PACE is meaningless, - Servant of the People party

As it was reported, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without limitations to the right to vote. 

The delegations of Ukraine and Georgia launched a complaints procedure in PACE over Russia’s return to the organization.

Related: Seven delegations in PACE state demarche due to decision on Russia’s return, - Ukrainian official

Moreover, the Ukrainian delegation stopped its work in the PACE, excluding the sessions concerning the Russian issue. 

As we reported profile committees of the PACE considered the question of restoring all authorities of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. The concluding recommendation passed after the night-time session says that these powers should be returned without any sanctions - not even those that remained after the PACE resolution was passed on June 24

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