Contents tagged with PACE

  • Macron does not want Russia completely excluded from Council of Europe

    During a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he intends to prevent a full withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe. He also said that restricting the rights of the Russian Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) cannot be considered as a sanction against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

    “There are matters of sanctions on Russia, and in this regard France is adhering to …

  • Russia plans to return to PACE meetings with MPs from Crimea

    The Russian delegation plans to resume participation in sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as early as the session in June. The chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin stated this to journalists, as reported Dozhd.

    According to him, if on the first day of the June 24 PACE session a resolution is adopted to restore the participation rights of the delegation from the Russian Federation, Moscow will immediately send in its notice …

  • Russia to negotiate its participation in PACE summer session

    On June 10, The Russian State Duma will consult with the leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about sending a Russian delegation to the June session of the assembly, as reported by Interfax. Following the talks, an application to participate in the session could be sent, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

    During the consultation, the issue of ensuring equal rights to the delegations will be discussed. “It is important for us to discuss how equal membership …

  • PACE moves toward reinstating Russia’s delegation

    During a session in Paris on 3 July, the Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) accepted a draft resolution titled “Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting”. If the PACE members support the resolution on 24 June during the summer session in Strasbourg, the Russian delegation to the assembly could be unconditionally reinstated.

    Russia was deprived of its right to vote in PACE  …

  • Estonian President condemns decision to restore Russia's voting rights in PACE

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid heavily criticized the Council of Europe’s  intention to restore Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), after the agreement was reached allowing Russia to retain its  membership in the organization, reports Postimees news agency.

    "I believe in dialogue with Russia, but this does not mean that Russia should be returned to the partnership after it violated international law and its promises," said Kaljulaid at a …

  • Council of Europe allows Russia to take part in electing new Secretary General

    At a meeting in Helsinki, more than 30 member state ministers of foreign affairs in the Council of Europe decided to pave the way for Russia’s return to the PACE following an emergency procedure, as reported by Ukrinform.

    Member states should have the right to participate on an equal footing in the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly according to the decision rendered on Friday.

    At the same time, the ministers stressed that member states have the fundamental obligation to …

  • Secretary of European Council hopes for Russia’s return to PACE before summer session

    The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, in an interview with AFP, once again criticized the possible withdrawal or expulsion of Russia from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), calling it a "dramatic event."

    However, the CE Secretary General is convinced that "there are good chances for resolving the conflict with Moscow," which will allow Russia to avoid a possible exit from PACE, writes the Deutsche Welle Russian service.

    According to …

  • Russia may refuse to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights

    Russian permanent representative to the Council of Europe Ivan Soltanovsky said that Moscow could not only refuse membership in the Council of Europe but also withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. According to RIA Novosti, the diplomat did not exclude such a possibility if the parties will not come to a compromise.

    "We are considering all possible scenario, keeping in mind foreign policy consequences for both Russia and international relations on the European continent," he …

  • PACE adopts resolution which keeps sanctions against Russia in place

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on “the PACE challenges”, which contains amendments that do not allow lifting sanctions from Russia and returning it to the assembly without fulfilling its obligations. According to Radio Liberty, 105 parliamentarians voted in favor of the resolution, 30 against, and 30 abstained from the decision.

    The resolution proposed a new complex mechanism for imposing sanctions, which would have canceled the existing …

  • Ukraine urges PACE to avoid restoring Russia's membership due to repressions of Crimean Tatars

    The Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) appealed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier in connection with the detention of around 20 Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities of annexed Crimea. They requested to use the existing mechanisms to protect the rights of the indigenous people of the peninsula and to stop efforts to restore Russian delegation to the PACE, reports …