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PACE took an unexpected decision on sanctions against Russia

В ПАСЕ приняли неожиданное решение по санкциям против РФThe approved document envisages the removal of all sanctions against Russia.

The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) by a majority vote approved the decision, which aims at the removal of political sanctions against the Russian Federation.

Almost all the amendments proposed by the Ukrainian delegation was rejected. In the text of the decision remained the norm that the PACE and the Committee of Ministers (the Executive body of the Council of Europe) must “harmonize the rules for the participation and representation of member countries in both statutory bodies”.

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According to the newspaper, this decision shall prohibit the PACE to prolong the effect of restrictions imposed on the Russian Federation, without the consent of the member countries.

In fact, it calls into question the approval in the PACE of any sanctions against Russia. Given that the sanctions must be renewed annually, the restrictions can be lifted in January.

“Translated from diplomatic language into human, this means that all the restrictions imposed on the Russians in PACE, should be repealed because the Committee of Ministers of sanctions against Russia is not” – says the publication source.

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This provision was supported by the vast majority of PACE deputies, all proposed by Ukraine of the amendments failed, and the votes were divided in the ratio of 60 to 30.

A specific mechanism for the implementation of the new regulations may be developed governing bodies of the PACE in the coming months.

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