The Ukrainian delegation will open the question on the status of the Russian officials at the today’s session of the Ad Hoc Committee of the PACE. Volodymyr Ariev, the Vice President of PACE from Ukraine claimed this to 112 Ukraine.
‘We raised a question that a person under the sanctions (Konstantin Kosachev, the Chairman of Russian Committee for Foreign Affairs) cannot participate but Assembly thinks that any person sent by Russia will participate. We will open this question at the Ad Hoc Committee: with what status the Russians came because the membership of the Ad Hoc Committee is already defined and it does not provide that those who are not members of the national delegation can be members of the committee. There is no Russian delegation de-facto and de-jure’, Ariev said.
According to him, the Dutch delegation will demand to put annexation of Crimea, aggression in Donbas and refusal of Russia to cooperate with the investigation team that research the MH-17 plane crash on the agenda.
‘I saw the letter of the chairman of the Dutch delegation who demands to put annexation of Crimea, aggression in Donbas and refusal of Russia to cooperate with the investigation team that research the MH-17 plane crash on the agenda of the Ad Hoc Committee’, Ariev said.
According to Ariev, the campaign to return Russia to the Assembly takes place at the PACE.
‘There is a regulation in two years. Then, the issue of the expulsion of the country is considered. It can occur at the end of the year. Nobody wants this and the campaign to return Russia to the Assembly takes place. Then there is the fight for the money but not for the values’, Ariev said.
As we reported Michele Nicoletti from Italy was elected as the president of the PACE. His appointment to this position took place on January 22 during the opening of the January PACE session in Strasbourg. Also, Volodymyr Ariev, the MP and Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE became new Vice President of the Assembly from Ukraine.
Newly-elected PACE president noted that he will insist on the continuation of the dialogue with the Russian parliament. He expressed the regret that Russia refused from the participation in the work of the Assembly.
As we reported earlier Russia did not send its delegation to the January session at the 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.
Earlier 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.