Contents tagged with PACE

  • PACE demands that Russia cease military interference in Donbas

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands that Russia “put an end to its military interference” in eastern Ukraine, according to a resolution adopted on Thursday, January 30, at a meeting during PACE’s winter session in Strasbourg devoted to the assembly’s monitoring procedure between January and December 2019.

    In the document, PACE members call on Moscow to “fully comply with the Minsk agreements” and stop supporting “illegal armed groups” in the Donbas.

    The Russian …

  • PACE grants voting right to Russian delegates who supported annexation of Crimea

    The regulatory committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided to allow the Russian delegation to continue to operate without sanctions, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

    This decision brings to an end the consideration of the complaints initiated by the Latvian MP Marija Golubeva and supported by delegates from other countries. According to PACE regulations, if the committee dismisses an appeal on procedural grounds, it is automatically considered approved by the …

  • PACE to appeal Russian delegation’s credentials

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) intends to appeal the Russian delegation’s credentials on Monday, said Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, Ukrinform reports.

    Honcharenko said that the relevant procedure is initiated by delegates standing up during the voting to support the credentials of national delegations. This will be the first item on the agenda for the PACE winter session, which began on January 27.

    “We will stand. We need the support of 10 and 30 delegates,” …

  • Kyiv approves Ukrainian delegation’s return to PACE

    On January 16, Ukraine’s parliament adopted a statement on the return of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2020. 348 MPs voted in favor of the decision.

    According to the document, parliament has instructed its permanent PACE delegation to submit their credentials for approval for participation in the 2020 annual assembly session, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The goal of the Ukrainian delegation’s participation in the operation of PACE is to prevent the …

  • 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 …