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Merkel wants Russia in PACE, promises to remember about violations

The German Chancellor confirmed that Germany is making efforts to return delegation of the Russian parliament to the PACE and expects that to succeed soon
17:50, 18 June 2019

Zelensky meets Merkel at briefing in Berlin, June 18, 2019
Reuters

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel claimed that Council of Europe should not forget Russian violations, but stands for returning Russian Federation to the Parliamentary Assembly. She said this during the joint briefing with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Merkel confirmed that Germany is making efforts to return delegation of the Russian parliament to the PACE and expects that it will succeed in the near future.

“We had different attempts and come to the end of the process,” she said.

“We must look for and find some way to return Russia (to PACE), but at the same time we have to find a way to make them fulfill their obligations,” she said, adding that in Germany has no doubt that Russia's actions are unlawful.

Related: If Russia returns to PACE, Ukraine to reconsider its attitude to Assembly, - MFA

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, according to some western diplomats and the representatives of the expert community.

In addition, Russia intended to add lawmakers from Crimea and Sevastopol, when joining the PACE session on June 25.

In April 2014, Russian delegation at PACE was stripped of many rights and authorities, including the vote right - because of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk region. The Russian delegation stopped working, protesting against that decision and demanding to change the internal regulations of PACE.

Related: Russia’s return to PACE will lead to new crisis in Council of Europe, - Ariev

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