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PACE refuses to hold urgent debate connected to Russia

The Assembly considered request to oblige all countries to ensure that those who downed MH17 plane are brought to justice
16:15, 24 June 2019

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe refused to hold an urgent debate on issues connected to the Russian Federation. This was reported by the PACE press service.

“The Assembly has just rejected a request for an urgent debate on "The obligation of all States to make sure that the people who downed flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 are brought to justice,” the message says.


A request for an urgent debate on the Russian Federation's liability for non-payment of membership fees was also made. This request was also rejected.

Related: Germany, France initiate lifting restrictions from Russia in PACE

As it was reported earlier, the State Duma Council confirmed the composition of the majority of delegation for possible participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

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.

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. 

Related: If Russia returns to PACE, Council of Europe to weaken and lose trust, - Klimkin

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