Volodymyr Ariev, the Head of Ukrainian delegation to PACE claimed at the airing of 112 Ukraine that the majority of the PACE members thinks that Russia should return to the Assembly when it stops the aggression against Ukraine.
Ariev noted that such decision disrupts the basis of the Council of Europe and discredits organization.
'This statement and such attitude are quite weird because they means that the Secretary General of the European Council urges to protect the rights of 130 millions of the Russians to avoid the withdrawal of country from the organization by virtue of the noticeable degradation of the situation with the human rights protection in Ukraine, disregard of the rights of the Ukrainians, particularly the Crimean Tatars and the Ukrainians in Crimea, people who leave in occupied Donbas and 1.5 IDPs that left Donbas due to the Russian aggression. In fact, it is the urge that can be treated as the disruption of the basis of the European Council and discreditation of the organization because it is announced by the Secretary General. I think that it is an outrageous issue', Ariev said.
Also, he noted that his colleagues from PACE are outraged with this urge.
'We knew that Jagland promotes the return of the Russian delegation to PACE but first of all it is against the principles of the Council of Europe and secondly, it is an interference in the PACE affairs. PACE is the separate structure in the system of the European Council and it has its own president and secretary general'.
'Jagland is not the chief and he is not a head of the parliamentary part of the organization. It can be treated as the direct interference of Jagland in the affairs of PACE. Only PACE can decide on the return of the Russian delegation and terms of its return. The Secretary General of the European Council had no rights and mandate from PACE to make such statements that promote the return of Russia'.
Ukrainian representative also commented on the reasons of Jagland for such decision.
'It is hard to clearly say about the motive of Jagland. Possibly, he thinks that it is necessary to keep Russia as the member of PACE regardless anything. Jagland has good relations with Putin and I think that he wants to help his friend, make a present for the presidential election in 2018'.
Also, Ariev emphasized that the situation is complex and there is no univocal opinion on such intentions. Moreover, he said on the steps of Ukraine if Russia returns.
'The majority of the PACE members thinks that Russia should return to the Assembly when it stops the aggression against Ukraine'.
'The Ukrainian delegation considers few variants if Russia returns and they vary from the complete non-intercourse with PACE up to the minimization of the relations'.
PACE adopted the resolution on October 11 that provides the necessity to harmonize the participation rules and delegations of the country-members of both, PACE and Committee of Ministers. It means that the Russian delegation can be restored in its authority. All amendments of Ukraine to this resolution were rejected.