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PACE: Germany tries to get Russia back without sanctions

It is about a coordinated campaign which has become significant in the run-up to PACE spring session
12:02, 8 April 2019

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Germany is actively trying to lift the sanctions pressure from Russia in the Council of Europe and intends to reach it on the current session of PACE, as Pravda media outlet reported referring to some western diplomats and the representatives of the expert community.

The representatives of Germany never hid that they prefer “dialogue” with Russia even if it takes to weaken pressure on the country. Now it is about a coordinated campaign, which has become significant in the run-up to PACE spring session.

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It should be noted that this activity is non-partisan – it embraces the representatives of both of the key powers of the government coalition CDU/CSU and social democrats. Recently, the members of these political parties have sent a letter to PACE President requesting to review the sanctions regulations by removing the right of the Assembly to impose sanctions on the delegations of offending states in approving their mandate.

At the same time, as the news agency reads, the German representatives raise awareness in PACE, convincing the other parliamentarians that Ukraine’s fight with Russia “is a pre-election technology” and Europe should not support it. The parliamentarians also assure that Angela Merkel supports the idea to forgive Russia.

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The Chancellor has not revealed her position in this regard, but the German diplomats are negotiating the other members on the return of Russia to PACE without sanctions.

According to the resources, one of the options is the acceleration of the plan of de-facto elimination of sanctions mechanism for April PACE session.

As it was reported, PACE approved draft report on Azov crisis.

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