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PACE officially recognizes Russia as party to Minsk agreements

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia was outraged by the paragraph of the resolution and insisted on crossing it off
11:16, 31 January 2020

Reuters

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a party to the Minsk agreements, European Pravda reports.

The PACE also applied a resolution on the state of the monitoring procedure with critical remarks against Russia, in which, in particular, it expressed concern about anti-democratic processes in the Russian Federation.

The document states that the Russian Federation is "exacerbating the negative tendencies of democracy, the rule of law and human rights." It also "uses anti-extremism legislation arbitrarily to suppress opposition and criticism from civil society, degradation of religious freedom in the country, such as banning Jehovah's Witnesses, setting ‘borders’ and creeping annexation of Georgian regions of South Ossetia, illegal annexation of Crimea and military aggression in eastern Ukraine."

Related: EU sanctions against Russia to remain until Minsk agreements are fully implemented, - von der Leyen

The document also contains a number of requirements for Russia. Among them are: full implementation of the Minsk agreements to which the Russian Federation is a party; discontinuation of military invasion and support of illegal armed groups in eastern Ukraine; abolishment of Crimea’s illegal annexation; suspension and abolishment of the "border" setting and creeping annexation of Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia; removal of any legal impediment to the unconditional enforcement of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights; unconditional and full cooperation with the joint investigation team and the Dutch Prosecutor's Office to bring those responsible for the crash of the Malaysian MH17 flight to justice.

The key point of controversy was the Minsk agreements, which angered Russia. The Russians insisted that the mentioning of Minsk was inadmissible.

"We are doing everything we can to help, but we are not a party to these agreements. We are not a party to the conflict," Russian MP Nikolay Ryzhak stated.

Related: U.S. expands sanctions against Russia in response to annexation of Crimea

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