Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy paruby said that the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be a historic mistake. According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this during the opening session of the PACE Committee on science, education, culture and the media today, September 19, in Kiev.
Parubiy thanked the PACE for the support it provides Ukraine, but also for the principled position that she has held in the assessment of Russia’s actions in recent years, in particular, regarding the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea and support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
«These estimates, and the position of the parliamentary Assembly are often decisive for the evaluation of events in Ukraine, the entire civilized world», — said Chairman of BP.
He stressed that over the past two years none item none of the resolutions adopted by PACE, Russia was not implemented.
«And when I hear voices about that time and maybe time to return the Russian delegation to full operation in the parliamentary Assembly, I have a question: what are the reasons for this? And what steps did the Russian Federation to return to the range of States for which human rights, dignity, and territorial integrity of the state is the Supreme value? In my opinion, no reason for it», — said the Chairman of the Parliament.
In addition, the speaker stressed that «the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly would be a historic mistake, if it will admit the delegates, if it’ll allow the European countries.
«Therefore, I urge all of you who are particularly deeply understands the danger of this aggression, to become in this issue side-by-side with Ukraine and to prevent this action,» — said paruby.
As reported, the delegation of the Russian Federation is still under sanctions of the PACE that was imposed on her in April 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea. Under the relevant resolution of the Russian deputies were denied the right to vote in PACE, as well as the right to be represented on its governing bodies. Since then, the sanctions against the Russian delegation extended several times, and in the relevant resolutions, the Assembly urged the Kremlin to return the Crimea, to stop military aggression in the Donbass and to withdraw Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.
22 August, the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba said that in the Council of Europe and PACE, the struggle continues for the possible resumption of the Russian delegation. According to him, the October session of the Assembly in this respect will be very difficult.
September 13, the first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, member of the permanent delegation of Ukraine to PACE Irina Gerashchenko said he believes the possible suspension of Ukraine’s participation in PACE in case of recognition of the credentials of the Russian delegation in this organization.
Parubiy: Russia’s return to PACE would be a historic mistake 19.09.2016