Russian journalist and famous host of the “60 minutes” TV-show was interrupted by the delegates of the Ukrainian delegation who were singing Ukrainian national anthem when she was trying to interview on the sidelines of PACE.
On October 9, 2018, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.
The Russian delegation has refused from participating in the work of the assembly after being sanctioned for illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. In summer 2017 Russia has stopped payments to the Council of Europe. Now Moscow is pressuring PACE to change its law in order to avoid future sanctions.
As we reported earlier, the Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible as UNIAN reported. The amendments were provided by the group of PACE lawmakers headed by Ukrainian representatives, while the offers of the pro-Russian MPs were rejected by the majority of voices.
The first one offers to leave the threshold during the voting at the level 1/2 instead of raising it to 2/3 but exclude Russia from the voting. This makes the return of Russia's delegation to the PACE much more difficult. The second amendment offers to ban officials elected at the occupied territories (particularly in annexed Crimea) from the participation in the work of PACE.