The agency believes that the PACE decision is inconsistent with the “defiant behavior of the Russian delegation.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deprive Oleksiy Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian delegation and a member of the European Solidarity MP, of the right to vote for three months . The spokesman of department Oleg Nikolenko reported about it to Radio Svoboda.
“The PACE must play the important role that its founding parents have given it. First and foremost, it concerns the effective protection of the rule of law, human rights and democracy in all Council of Europe member states. The organization’s leadership is especially needed now to counter the illegal actions of Russia, which, disregarding democratic norms, has unleashed armed aggression in central Europe and is committing massive human rights violations in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova , “he said.
The Foreign Ministry calls the PACE sanction “discriminatory.” The agency believes that the decision of the PACE Standing Committee is inconsistent with “the defiant behavior of the Russian delegation, which reduces its participation in the Assembly solely to cover up and justify the aggressive actions of the Russian leadership against neighboring countries.”
It will be recalled that a conflict between Goncharenko and PACE President Hendrik Dams took place during the PACE meeting on April 20 . In particular, Dams was outraged that Goncharenko spoke in the hall with the flag of Ukraine, which was brought from the war in eastern Ukraine. Dams demanded that Goncharenko stop speaking, although PACE regulations do not prohibit the display of national symbols or other items.
On April 27, Goncharenko announced that he had been deprived of the right to vote in the PACE for three months on the complaint of the head of the Russian delegation to the Assembly, Peter Tolstoy. Disciplinary proceedings on Tolstoy’s complaint were initiated on behalf of PACE President Hendrik Dams.
In 2019, the PACE restored the rights of the Russian delegation to the Assembly despite the fact that the Kremlin has failed to fulfill any of its obligations in the Council of Europe, continuing the armed aggression against Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea and parts of Donbass.
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