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Russia to stay in PACE, European ministers say despite anger from Ukraine


Added 05-17-19 11:37:02am EST - “The Council of Europe has decided that Russian lawmakers should remain in its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). Moscow was stripped of its voting rights after the Ukrainian crisis of 2014.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Russia to stay in PACE, European ministers say despite anger from Ukraine”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

European foreign ministers agreed that all PACE member states “should be entitled to participate on an equal basis” in its work, according to the final document adopted at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on Friday.

“It is good news that we agreed that Russia should remain in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Especially because this preserves the right of millions of Russians to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said commenting on the decision.

Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas: "It is good news that we agreed that Russia should remain in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Especially because this preserves the right of Millions of Russians to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. " @coepic.twitter.com/tv3YqgcJjf

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the decision “paves a way for overcoming the current crisis” between Moscow and other members.

The voting rights of the Russian delegation were suspended in 2014, after Crimea chose to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia – a move that European nations treated as “annexation.” Russia called the decision “politically motivated” and “discriminatory.” Russian lawmakers stopped attending meetings as a mark of protest. Later in 2017, Moscow suspended all payments to the budget of the Council of Europe, saying it will only release the funds after its rights are reinstated in full.

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