The return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe under Moscow’s terms will lead to the new crisis. Chairman of Ukraine’s Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada in PACE Volodymyr Ariev said this, as DW reported.
“To agree to Russian terms means to accept their blackmail and this will be a bad example for other members of the Council of Europe. This political process can end with a significant undermining of the credibility of the Council of Europe from human rights activists, non-governmental organizations and reformers. It will be very bad if the Council of Europe demonstrates that someone has won, and someone is defeated. This will lead to a new crisis in the organization, perhaps more serious than it was before,” Ariev said.
Chairman of Ukraine’s Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada in PACE added that the Council of Europe were trying to change the regulation in order to agree to Russia’s terms and not let them leave PACE.
"I can agree with the fears of human rights defenders that with Russia’s leaving PACE, they will no longer be a part of the European Court of Human Rights. This is a rather strong argument. However, on the other hand, Russia has not made any, even the slightest, step to comply with the requirements of the Council of Europe,” Ariev added.
On October 9, 2018, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.
Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 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.
20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.
Russian delegation to PACE left the Assembly's line-up after it faced numerous restrictions - due to the Kremlin's military aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in February 2014.