Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said this at a meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) on January 25, according to the government portal.
"We are concerned about attempts to create the conditions for the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Ukraine will not accept this scenario. Resuming the participation of the Russian delegation in the PACE's work will lead to the actual destruction of the authority of the assembly, cast doubt on the legitimacy of its resolutions and recommendations, and will negatively influence the activities of the entire Council of Europe," Klympush-Tsintsadze said.
In view of the possibility of such a scenario, she expressed hope for Finland's attention to this issue in the context of preparations for the Finnish presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Soini, in turn, noted that, despite the fact that sanctions against Russia and Russian countermeasures put pressure on the economic situation in his country, Finland considers international relations and the rule of law to be extremely important. "If there is a cost for their compliance, it must be paid," he said.
The sides also discussed the situation with the violation of the rights of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea and the need to continue the pressure on Russia to ensure the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.
Finland will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from November 2018 to May 2019.