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Russia to not participate in PACE session in January

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian delegation is afraid of the discrimination
11:34, 11 January 2018

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Russia will not send its delegation to the January session at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) due to the fact that the amendments to the regulation 'on the protection of the rights of the national delegations from the discrimination' were not made. Petr Tolstoy, the Vice Speaker of the State Duma of Russia claimed this as TASS reported.

'Russia will not send its delegation to the PACE in January due to the fact that the essential condition of our work there, particularly the guarantees of the non-discrimination of the rights of the national delegations were not submitted in the regulation of the organization', Tolstoy claimed.

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He added that the decision of Russia to restrain from the participation in the work of the PACE in the plenary format will act until the change of the regulation.

As we reported earlier the situation around the return of Russian to the (PACE) can be solved in January. 

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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.  

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