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

The representatives of the Congress propose to sanction Russia, “if on the 1-year anniversary of Russia’s aggression 7 near the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian ships and the 8 detained sailors are still in Russian custody”
12:41, 4 July 2019

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The group of support for Ukraine in the U.S. Congress presented a draft resolution of the House of Representatives condemning PACE’s decision to restore Russia’s right to vote in the organization, as it was reported on the website of the group.

“The House of Representatives condemns PACE’s decision to restore full 11 rights to Russia in the Council of Europe, despite 12 continued violations of international law with regards to Crimea,” the draft resolution reads.

The representatives of the Congress propose to sanction Russia, “if on the 1-year anniversary of Russia’s aggression 7 near the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian ships and the 8 detained sailors are still in Russian custody”.

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

It was also noted that Russia was excluded from the Council of Europe for violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Russia forces continued conducting war in Donbas and promoting a destabilizing information campaign in the world to disrupt the democratic institutions.

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. 

Related: PACE pre-electoral delegation ceases its activity in Ukraine

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.

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

Related: Ukraine should not leave PACE forever, - Foreign Minister

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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