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Russia's return to PACE does not mean it has carte blanche, - PACE Head Pasquier

At the same time, Liliane Maury Pasquier noted that Russian delegation return to PACE allows working with Russian colleagues in the critical issues
13:28, 8 July 2019

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Russia’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe does not mean that it has a carte blanche, as PACE Representative Liliane Maury Pasquier said during her speech at OSCE PA, as Interfax reported.

“Ratification of Russia’s delegation credentials does not mean that we give it a carte blanche,” Pasquier said.

At the same time, she noted that Russian delegation return to PACE allows working with Russian colleagues in the critical issues.

According to PACE Head, MH17 crash, and Russia’s failure to fulfill PACE demands on the release of Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 are included in the list of problematic issues.

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Pasquier stressed that PACE is the place for dialogue including on the political issues.

She paid attention to the fact that in 2014 PACE expressed its position on Crimea and East of Ukraine clearly, and this position has not changed since.

PACE continues protecting the principles provided by international law it is committed to.

Related: Poland supported declaration, which started return of Russia to PACE

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

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

Related: U.S. present draft resolution condemning Russia's return to PACE

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.

Related: Ukraine obliged to invite PACE observers to parliamentary elections, - PACE president

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