PACE ratifies credentials of Russian delegation

PACE ratifies credentials of Russian delegation

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has ratified the credentials of the Russian delegation.

Some 116 delegates supported a respective resolution, 62 voted against it, and 15 abstained, according to Ukrinform's correspondent in Strasbourg.

The Assembly rejected the appealing of the powers of the Russian delegation and did not vote for amendments made mainly by Ukrainian and British deputies regarding the introduction of some sanctions against Russia.

In its resolution, the Assembly calls on the Russian Federation to fulfil all recommendations included in Resolutions 1990 (2014), 2034 (2015) and 2063 (2015) under which sanctions were imposed on the Russian delegation. These resolutions, in particular, condemn the flagrant violation of international law by Russia during the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The PACE resolution also calls on the Russian authorities to release the 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait on the charge of "illegally crossing the border of the Russian Federation"; unconditionally and fully co-operate with the joint investigation team and the Dutch prosecution service in bringing these responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to justice; take effective measures aimed at preventing violations of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, in particular in the Chechen Republic, and co-operate fully with the international community in the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov.

"The Assembly expects that its clear offer of dialogue will be reciprocal and will lead to concrete results. It invites its Monitoring Committee to present a report on the honoring of obligations and commitments by the Russian Federation at its earliest convenience but no later than the April 2020 part-session," the resolution says.

On June 25, the PACE adopted a resolution envisaging Russia's unconditional return to the Assembly. The same day Russian deputies appeared in the PACE and attended its meeting.

The resolution provides for the introduction of amendments to the PACE rules of procedure, which may complicate or block the imposition of sanctions on the Russian delegation and ensure its return to the Assembly without fulfilling its international obligations. The resolution also provides for the introduction of an exclusive procedure for the Russian delegation, which allows participation in the work of the summer session.

The delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the PACE challenged the credentials of the Russian Federation and suspended its work in the summer session in protest against the presence of the Russian delegation, except for the consideration of issues pertaining to the powers of the Russian delegation.

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