Oleksandr Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and deputy chairman of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, told an Ukrinform correspondent.
“Our main task is to maintain sanctions because the PACE was the first international organization that imposed sanctions on Russia, and we need to keep this front,” he said.
Honcharenko also reminded that the Russian delegation to PACE has no right of vote.
Commenting on the statements by Russian MPs about the intentions to attend the PACE winter session, Honcharenko said that in this way “they have already started finding some way to return."
The PACE winter plenary part-session will be held in Strasbourg from 23 to 27 January 2017.