The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers the resolution on return of Russian delegation adopted by PACE as an unacceptable concession to Moscow, the press office of the establishment has reported.
The representatives of the Ministry reminded that since 2014 Russia has been conducting armed aggression against Ukraine. It also occupied a part of Ukraine’s territory.
“Considerable weakening of sanctions regime by PACE which is provided by this resolution occurred amid the absence of any meaningful steps from Russia’s side, blatant non-compliance of taken commitments and PACE’s resolution approved as a reaction to Russian aggression,” the body informed.
PACE’s decision demonstrates divergence from declared principles and values of the Council of Europe under pressure and financial blackmail from Russia’s side.
“Having deprived itself of a possibility to use more effective sanctions, the Assembly weakened its role in the modern European politics, and a capacity to protect the rule of law, human rights and democracy in all the member states of the Council of Europe including Russian Federation,” the representatives of Foreign Ministry informed.
“It is disappointing to note today when Council of Europe commemorates its 70th anniversary that the Parliamentary Assembly has lost its reputation and the Organization can not play that role the founding fathers gave it,” the Ukrainian diplomats stressed.
As it was reported, the 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.