“In the context of holding of the ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe on May 16-17 in Helsinki, the minister urged not to allow the return of Russia to the PACE as it continues systematical violations of the international law and disruption of Minsk Agreements,” the message said.
Klimkin also noted the importance of the coordinated tough response to the further aggression of Russia against Ukraine due to the decision to simplify the issuance of Russian citizenship for the Ukrainians, who live in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied by Russia. Particularly, it is offered to extend the economic sanctions against Russia and not to recognize the Russian passports issued to the citizens of Ukraine contrary to the Ukrainian legislation.
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.