The return of Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is possible only if Russia will show the progress in the fulfillment of undertaken commitments. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed this at his speech at PACE. It was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘The Assembly adopted a resolution on a political consequence of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. It provides that only significant and notable progress of the implementation can become a ground for the restoration of the appropriate dialogue with the Assembly on the basis of the mutual respect. The Assembly reserves the rights to annul the authorities of the Russian delegation if Russia continues the occupation of the sovereign territories of Ukraine. In fact, none of the criteria were fulfilled by Russia’, Poroshenko claimed.
According to the President, Russia aims to destroy democracy, liberty and human rights.
‘The issue is not only about the fulfillment of the points, these points manages the fates and lives of people. Are there the grounds to return to the usual conduct of the affairs with Russia in the Assembly or any other arena? Let’s be honest. The aim of the Russian aggression is to destroy the democracy, tolerant liberty and human rights. It is made by the tanks in some places; it is made by the rail news in other places. We have no rights for the defeat in front of this threat, we will prove our dignity’, Poroshenko emphasized.
Russia was deprived of voting rights in April 2014 right after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the combat actions in Donbas. PACE adopted a resolution on January 28, 2015, that extended the sanctions against Russia and deprived it of voting rights until the April. Russian delegation claimed that it stops the communications with the PACE as a mark of protest. The delegation of Russia did not take part in the work of the Assembly in 2016-2017. Russia claimed that will not pay the membership fee and financing of the PACE in September 2017 until Russian delegation will be restored in its rights.