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Ukraine’s parliament speaker ready to withdraw PACE members’ invitations for snap elections

PACE adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without vote limitations
20:50, 1 July 2019

Andriy Parubiy, the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada
The Verkhovna Rada

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy states that he is ready to withdraw the invitations of the representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine to not admit observers from state-aggressor as 112 Ukraine reported.

“I think it is feasible in the case if the Russian delegation is restored in rights in the PACE to withdraw my invitation of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for the participation of the observers in Ukraine. If they try to send the Russian observers to Ukraine through participation in the PACE, we will not be able to allow the observers from the state-aggressor to define the democracy of the Ukrainian elections in Ukraine,” Parubiy said.

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He believes that he would get the support of the profile committee and all heads of the factions in this issue.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without limitations to the right to vote. 

Due to this fact, the delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Litva Slovakia, Estonia, and Georgia announced demarche

Related: PACE members prepare resolution against returning powers to Russian delegation, - Poland

The delegations of Ukraine and Georgia launched a complaints procedure in PACE over Russia’s return to the organization.

Moreover, the Ukrainian delegation stopped its work in the PACE, excluding the sessions concerning the Russian issue. 

As we reported profile committees of the PACE considered the question of restoring all authorities of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. The concluding recommendation passed after the night-time session says that these powers should be returned without any sanctions - not even those that remained after the PACE resolution was passed on June 24.

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