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PACE Committee not to punish Ukrainian MP for demonstrating Ukrainian flag at spring session

Source : 112 Ukraine

Thus sanctions against Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko for insulting Vladimir Putin remain, and he is not allowed to speak at this session of PACE
13:42, 22 June 2021

Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee has decided not to punish Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko for displaying the Ukrainian flag, “which was shot by Russian bullets in Donbas.” Honcharenko reported about it in Telegram.

According to Honcharenko, the committee also closed the case on his question to German Chancellor Angela Merkel “Is Putin a murderer?” 

At the same time, sanctions for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian delegation to the PACE Pyotr Tolstoy remain in force, Honcharenko will be wordless at this session.

“There will be no sanctions ... these actions (demonstration of the Ukrainian flag and the question to Angela Merkel, - ed.) are not forbidden by any PACE rules. Unfortunately, sanctions for insulting him and Putin on Tolstoy's complaint remain in force, and at this session I am not allowed to speak, but I continue to work on committees,” Honcharenko said.

As it was reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe did not allow Honcharenko to show the flag of Ukraine “which was shot by the Russian bullets in Donbas.”

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Later it became known that a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE Oleksiy Honcharenko was not allowed to speak at the Assembly due to a complaint by the head of the Russian delegation Pyotr Tolstoy.

That happened after Honcharenko’s phrase at winter session. Ukrainian MP said to the head of the Russian delegation Tolstoy: “You know, Mr Slutsky and Mr Tolstoy, it is there you are Count Tolstoy, but here you are just pleb.”

PACE summer session started in Strasbourg and will take place on June 21-24.

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