“The Council of Europe should not change money at your principles, otherwise you will lose power and respect.”
The Verkhovna Rada urged the Council of Europe not to betray their principles for the sake of returning of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The corresponding statement was supported Tuesday by 242 deputies.
Deputies expressed their concerns about the proposed PACE of procedural changes that allow the government, violating the norms of the organization, to restore the rights without the fulfillment of the decisions of the Assembly.
“Preparation of the rules of procedure of the Assembly in the abolition of the possibilities for appeal, the powers of national delegations on the substance or significant complications of the procedure of such appeal is politically motivated and aims to provide unfettered and unconditional return of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe the delegation of the Russian Federation on the background of the categorical refusal of the state to comply with the legitimate demands of the Assembly”, – said in a statement.
Rada noted that the actual rejection mechanisms of political influence on member States will cause irreparable damage to the Assembly and the Council of Europe as a whole.
The Ukrainian Parliament has warned that it will be forced to revisit the fundamentals and the mechanisms on which our cooperation with the PACE.
Head of the permanent delegation of Ukraine to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Vladimir Aryev said that in fact we are talking about the betrayal of European values.
“We were in a situation when you need to save the Council of Europe, she did not go against his own principles. I’m talking about trying to return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of the Russian delegation without Russia’s compliance with any conditions of any resolutions that were adopted at PACE in the last four years,” he said.
According to him, Russia has resorted to blatant blackmail of the Council of Europe, cutting off funding to the organization. It was 7% of the total budget. Ukraine’s attempts to find a mechanism of compensation for these losses did not lead to the result of a powerful Pro-Russian lobby on the part of the COE Secretary General thorbjørn Jagland.
The Aryans called on the Parliament to vote for this appeal, “the Council of Europe should never become the weak point from which to start the reversal of sanctions against the Russian Federation”.
“We must show our strong position. We must say clearly that the Council of Europe should not change money at your principles, otherwise he will lose that power and respect, which helped Ukraine and other countries to develop, implement reforms and move forward”, – Aryev told.
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