Category Archives: PACE

Russia's return to PACE not as triumphant as many suggest – think tank

The PACE resolution recognized Russia as a party to the Minsk agreements – something Moscow has fiercely resisted for the past few years. Some delegations consider Russia’s formal return and the second-attempt election of Russian delegate Piotr Tolstoy as PACE deputy chief as a key result of the session. However, this is far from being decisive in terms of the

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PACE officially recognizes Russia as party to Minsk agreements

Russia was outraged by the paragraph of the resolution and insisted on crossing it off The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a party to the Minsk agreements, European Pravda reports. The PACE also applied a resolution on the state of the monitoring procedure with critical remarks against Russia, in which, in

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Ukraine’s delegation to continue its work in PACE amid approval of Russia’s authority

It does not consider suspension of its work in PACE and intends to uphold the values of Council of Europe The delegation of Ukraine intends to continue its work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), having abandoned the demarches, despite the approval of the Russian Federation’s authority in the organization. This was stated by the head

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PACE ratifies Russian delegation's credentials

The document does not envisage any sanctions on Russian delegates. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its winter session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, January 29, ratified the credentials of the Russian Federation’s delegation, earlier challenged on substantive grounds. Ninety-six delegates supported the draft resolution with 44 votes against and seven abstained. The draft resolution on the matter

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Russian delegation in PACE could get its authorities back with no sanctions applied

Dutch leftist MP offered the bill that foresees evading any sanctions or restrictions on the Russian delegation; the document will be considered and voted on late January 29 PACE agreed upon the draft bill on the appeal against the authorities of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. The document will be considered and voted on late January 29, Yevropeiska Pravda

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Head of Russian delegation elected PACE vice speaker

The head of the Russian delegation, deputy chairman of the State Duma Petr Tolstoy, was elected vice-speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe . According to Interfax-Ukraine, PACE delegates elected Tolstoy as vice speaker on the second attempt. In the second round, voting took place behind closed doors. A simple majority of the number of parliamentarians present in the hall voted for him –

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Russia's attempts to bring separatist movements to international platforms threaten EU – think tank

21:50, 27 January 2020 The experts explain far-reaching, and troubling, intentions behind the efforts. Russia is trying to set a precedent of allowing access of representatives of unrecognized states to various international platforms. If the plan succeeds, separatist movements around the world, especially in Europe, will be given a free hand to lay claim to participation in any international platform,

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PACE became Vice-President of Ukraine

It is about Alexander Merezhko. The member of the Ukrainian delegation, the representative of the party “Servant of the People”, Alexander Merezhko, was elected Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This was reported by the deputy chairman of the “Servant of the People” faction, deputy member of the PACE Permanent Delegation to Yevgeny Kravchuk on  Facebook . She added

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Pro-Russian act by German delegate to PACE

The official offered to include representatives of the unrecognized “LPR-DPR” in Normandy talks, without being authorized to do so. Ukraine is now coming back to the PACE, mainly due to the need to refute Russia’s aggressive strategy in the organization and beyond. Ukraine is set to employ all international law instruments available to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The

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Ukraine Will Return to PACE After All

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 348 MPs voted in favor of this.  There was no discussion during the voting process. According to the explanatory note that accompanies the decree, the aim of this return is to “avoid the retainment of the current situation in Europe, which arose due to aggressive

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Russia's return to PACE has not promoted improvement in conflict in Ukraine – foreign minister's report

RIGA – Restoration of Russia’s voting rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not promoted progress in solutions to the conflict in Ukraine, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in his annual report. In the section on geopolitical situation, the minister said that restoration of Russia’s voting rights at PACE damaged the authority of the

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Venice Commission believes PACE not obliged to deny credentials to Russian delegation over Crimea annexation

The report says other options could be applied to the delegation. The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) says the illegal annexation of Crimea does not oblige the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deny credentials to the Russian delegation to the Assembly. That’s according to the Venice Commission’s report on the implications of inclusion

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Georgia likely to join boycott of PACE session in solidarity with Ukraine:

The final decision on Georgia’s participation in the autumn session will be confirmed by the delegation’s head. The delegation of Georgia is most likely not to participate in the October session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in solidarity with Ukraine. “I support this boycott. I advocated for this from the very beginning. Despite the fact

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Ukraine won’t forward its delegation to next PACE session

The Ukrainian delegation will not take part in the next session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Bohdan Yaremenko, an MP from the Servant of the People faction, the head of the Verkhovna Rada committee on foreign policy and inter-parliamentary cooperation. “Having no other way to respond to violations of its own principles by this organization,

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Following prisoner exchange, Volodymyr Tsemakh “must remain available” to MH17 investigators – PACE

Russia is a member State of the Council of Europe and as such is legally bound to fight impunity, the official said. Thorhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, the Chair of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has welcomed in principle the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. At the same time, she insisted that Volodymyr Tsemakh,

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Second round of “elections” scheduled in occupied region of Abkhazia. PACE, Georgia and Ukraine declared them illegal

On August 25, the so-called “presidential elections” were held in the Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia, the second round of which was scheduled for September 8. The governments of Georgia, Ukraine, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemned holding the elections and declared them illegal. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili condemned the so-called elections in Abkhazia. The

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