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Agramunt encourages lifting sanctions against Russia in PACE
21:15, 23 January 2017
Agramunt encourages lifting sanctions against Russia in PACE

Political groups of PACE discuss Russia's return to Assembly

21:15, 23 January 2017

PACE

The political groups of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are discussing the return of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. This was reported by the correspondent of "112 Ukraine" TV channel, residing in Strasbourg on the re-election of the president of PACE.

According to the correspondent, the re-election of PACE president Pedro Agramunt was not news, since Agramunt took office as president in January 2016, and was elected to this position for 2 years, then his mandate was just extended for one more year.

The correspondent noted the importance of the Ukrainian question within the walls of the Assembly. At the press conference Agramunt said that PACE members are to decide on removing sanctions against Russia imposed as a result of the annexation of Crimea. President himself thinks that the assembly should make everything possible to return Russian delegation in the Plenary Hall saying it is his personal opinion.

However, according to Ukrainian delegates, there is a change of rhetoric in the political groups. Thus, after the plenary session, political group of Liberals discussed return of the Russian delegation for 40 minutes.

"Spaniards and Italians mainly speak in favor of Russia’s return. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia are generally on the Ukrainian side. The discussions in other groups are still under way,” the correspondent noted.

The correspondent says that due to the absence of a delegation from the Russian Federation at the first plenary session indicates, according to the general procedure, that it does not have the right to appear here before the end of the year.

"But, according to Ukrainian deputies, perhaps some PACE members from other countries are trying to push the change of the decision or make concessions and negotiate now in some way, so that the powers of the Russian delegation were restored," he added.

It should be noted that the winter plenary session of the PACE begins in Strasbourg today, it will last until January 27.

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