Contents tagged with PACE

  • Russia refuses to take part in January PACE session

    Russia will not send its delegation to the upcoming session  of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to be held on 22-26 January, as indicated by the Deputy speaker of the State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, who is supervising international activities in the lower House of Parliament, to TASS.

     "The Russian Federation will not present its delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in January because an essential condition for our work there, in particular, …

  • Russia vows to return to PACE

    The Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, promised journalists on Monday that Russia, without any doubt, will return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

    “We will return, we need to. But who needs this more is another question, and not an easy one. The Council of Europe needs this no less, if not more than Russia. The dialogue continues as the Council of Europe understands clearly that we will not waiver,” TASS reported quoting …

  • Ukraine to submit complaint to NATO Parliamentary Assembly about Serbian mercenaries in Donbas

    The Ukrainian delegation is preparing an appeal to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly regarding the presence of Serbian mercenaries in the Donbas, as reported on Facebook by the chairman of the permanent delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, People's Deputy Iryna Friz.

    "We are preparing an appeal from our delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly regarding this issue and I am sure that it is necessary to contact all international institutions to inform them about the shameful fact of …

  • Members of PACE sign declaration opposing restoration of Russia’s membership

    20 delegations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have signed a declaration "To Defend Council of Europe Values and Credibility". It claims that an attempt to restore Russia's membership would undermine the authority of the Assembly, reported the head of the Ukrainian PACE delegation, Verkhovna Rada deputy Volodymyr Ariev.

    "The text expresses regret that some forces in the Council of Europe are attempting to ruin the reputation of the Assembly in part and the Council …

  • PACE urges Russia to stop supporting militants in Donbass

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on the Russian Federation to stop supporting militants in Donbass, as reported on the official website of PACE.

    “Adopting a draft resolution, based on the report prepared by Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania) the Committee called on all member States ‘to use their joint political efforts to put an end to this conflict and the sufferings of the civil population,’” the report said.

    It was stated that all sides of the war should “ …

  • PACE preparing a discussion on the possibility of restoring Russia’s membership in the organization

    The Standing Committee of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has received a request to hold an extraordinary meeting to consider lifting sanctions on the Russian Federation and to reinstate its delegation on the assembly’s panel.

    The debate over lifting the sanctions was set on the agenda of the PACE’s Standing Committee meeting to take place on November 24th in Copenhagen.

    There is no direct mention of Russia on the agenda. The agenda item is listed as Defending the …

  • Ukraine is ready to suspend membership in PACE if the Russian Federation returns to the 'club of decent countries'

    Ukraine is ready to suspend its membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the event of Russia's return to PACE without the implementation by Moscow of the Assembly’s resolutions, reported LB.ua news website, citing diplomatic sources.

    "A return of the aggressor country, Russia, which has not fulfilled any European resolutions, to the club of decent countries will force Kyiv to take retaliatory actions. We are not talking about a withdrawal of Ukraine from PACE …

  • Media: New PACE President plans to meet with Russian Parliament speakers

    The Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Stella Kyriakides, has sent a letter to the speakers of the Russian Parliament’s lower and upper houses in which she confirms her readiness to hold a meeting with them in the near future, TASS reported, citing a source on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s assembly on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.

    "She [Kyriakides] expresses her appreciation for the invitation to participate in the work of the Inter- …

  • PACE fails to create working group to work on Russia’s return to the organization

    The Joint Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe met on Thursday, October 12 but failed in its objective to create a working group that would explore ways to reform the Council of Europe so that Russia may rejoin, wrote representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba on Facebook.

    "During the meeting, they were supposed to decide on the creation of a working group that, in fact, had to …

  • PACE calls for amendments to Ukrainian law 'On Education'

    Following an emergency debate, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted in favor a resolution containing recommendations for Ukraine, reported Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    82 deputies voted for the adoption of the document as amended; 11 voted against, while 17 abstained.

    The decision passed by PACE quite strongly condemns the fact that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on education by changing Article 7 (on the language of education) without consulting with …