Ukraine’s Foreign Minister reacts to PACE initiatives to return Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

"We risk getting a CoE based on political expediency rather than values," Pavlo Klimkin believes
09:35, 23 January 2018


Some politicians in the Council of Europe spend more effort on returning to Russia than on stopping its aggression against Ukraine. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin wrote this in Twitter.

“Some politicians on the Council of Europe (CoE) spend more time and effort trying to return Russia to the Council but not getting Russia out of Crimea and Donbas. Therefore we risk getting a CoE based on political expediency rather than values. That would be a great pity," the message says.

Related: New PACE president Michele Nicoletti: What do we know?

As it was reported earlier Ukraine is dissatisfied with the prospect that Russia might return to the PACE, according to Dmytro Kuleba, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. Kuleba also confirmed that there’ll be a closed assembly with Russian delegation, but for now, there’s no change of the parliamentary procedure.

Previously Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland said that  Russia and other “problematic” countries should remain members of the Council of Europe so long as they don’t violate four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ban of death penalty, tortures, forced labour and slavery, and punishment without trial).

Related: Volodymyr Ariev becomes Vice President of PACE from Ukraine

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