Contents tagged with PACE

  • Ukraine, Georgia and Baltic states form group in PACE to protest Russia’s return

    Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will not be attending the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the five delegations said in a statement published by the Ukrainian MP Elizaveta Yasko.

    The démarche was prompted by PACE’s decision in June to restore the Russian delegation’s voting right, despite Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea and the eastern regions of Ukraine.

    “We are announcing the creation of …

  • Ukraine boycotts PACE autumn session due to Russia's return

    The Ukrainian Deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko, who was a part of the former Ukrainian delegation to PACE, said that the new delegation of Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada decided not to participate in the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Only four of the twelve Ukrainian delegates will participate in consultations with colleagues in the PACE.

    The decision of the Ukrainian side was made due to the return of Russia to PACE. Such a step contradicts the principles …

  • Ukrainian delegation could be barred from PACE assembly

    There is a chance that the Ukrainian delegation could lose its right to be in the assembly hall during the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), writes Eurointegration, citing correspondence between PACE secretarial staff and Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. It is not yet clear whether this will actually happen.

    The newly formed Ukrainian delegation to the PACE immediately announced that it would not be participating in the autumn session due to …

  • Ukrainian delegation refuses to participate in PACE autumn session

    Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has refused to participate in the autumn PACE session, Elizaveta Yasko, head of the Ukrainian delegation, announced on Facebook.

    “We declare our refusal to submit the credentials of the new Ukrainian delegation for approval during the autumn part of the PACE session from September 30 to October 4, 2019. This will be a way for Ukraine to react to the reinstatement of the Russian Federation in the PACE session …

  • Putin: Moscow can live without membership in Council of Europe

    At the press conference after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö , Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia doesn't want to participate in the Council of Europe at any cost, and if other members don't want to see Russia there, Moscow can live without membership in this organization.

    Finnish journalist, addressed Putin and  pointed out that Moscow does not comply with the rules of the organization. The journalist reminded of dispersal of protests in Moscow. Putin replied that …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: restoration of Russia's rights in PACE undermines Kyiv's trust in Berlin

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, in an interview with Welt news outlet, said that restoration of the rights of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) had undermined Kyiv's confidence in Berlin.

    Ukrainians think that this decision was a "fatal mistake," noted the ambassador. "It has also undermined Kyiv's trust in Germany," he said.

    Melnyk said that this decision "was terrible," and expressed regret that eight German deputies voted in …

  • PACE President tries to justify Russia's return to Assembly

    On July 7 the President of PACE Lillian-Marie Pasquier during her speech at the session in the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE said that the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe would allegedly allow the Assembly to work closely with Russia on a number of problematic issues, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Now we can work on problematic issues with Russian colleagues again. Restoration of the powers of the Russian delegation does not mean that …

  • PACE delegation leaves Ukraine after Kyiv withdraws invitation to observe parliamentary elections

    The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which arrived in Ukraine to assess the pre-election climate, has left the country ahead of schedule. PACE representatives explained that the premature departure was based on Ukraine’s withdrawal of its invitation to PACE to send observers for the country’s upcoming snap parliamentary elections.

    “The pre-electoral delegation has decided to cease its activity prematurely,” PACE said in a statement published on …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will not invite PACE observers to parliamentary elections

    Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy canceled the invitation for members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to observe the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, reports the head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Vladimir Aryev.

    Earlier, Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs recommended the Verkhovna Rada to suspend the participation of permanent Ukrainian delegation in the PACE.

    Earlier, PACE removed all restrictions from the …

  • Russia resumes contributions to Council of Europe budget

    Russia has resumed its payment of membership contributions to the Council of Europe’s budget, said COE Spokesperson Daniel Holtgen, as cited by Deutsche Welle. He expressed confidence that Russia would also repay what it owes for 2017 and 2018, which amounts to €55 million, as well as a penalty for late payment.

    On 26 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reinstated the Russian delegation through a resolution that did not include any sanctions.

    The amendment to the …