Russia is fighting a war for total domination, and Ukraine is at the center of its attention. The Deputy Permanent Member of the delegation of Ukraine to PACE Serhiy Kiral said this during a meeting of the PACE session broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
"We should not agree with the aggressor, we need to confront it. If the Majlis becomes prohibited, if there are missiles in Kaliningrad and the Crimea, is this dialogue? Let's look at the whole picture. Russia is engaged not only in Ukraine, it is mediating the war through other means. It is a war for dominance throughout the world and Ukraine is just in the center of attention", he said.
On Monday President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt urged the Assembly to take the decisions necessary to return the Russian delegation to the plenary hall.
In April 2014, Russia’s delegation in PACE fell under sanctions imposed by the Assembly due to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. According to the respective resolution, Russian diplomats were deprived of their voting right in the Assembly, as well as of the right to be represented in the Assembly’s governing bodies. Since then, the sanctions against the Russian delegation have been twice extended, while PACE urged the Kremlin to return Crimea to Ukraine, stop the military aggression in Donbas and withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian territory.
Later, on January 2016 the Russian delegation refused to participate in the January session of PACE in Strasbourg until its credentials are restored and the sanctions are lifted.