The German government “supports the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland in his efforts to find solutions for future challenges.” This is stated in the official reply of the German foreign Ministry at the request of the Agency Deutshce Welle about the position of Berlin on the recent statements, conclusions about the role of Russia in the Council of Europe.
“Whether and what rights of the Russian delegation once again to participate in the meetings of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, should resolve itself the Russian delegation of the PACE, which comprises MPs of member countries of the Council of Europe,” – said in Berlin.
The foreign Ministry of Germany called the Council of Europe “indispensable” as a “guardian” of the European Convention on human rights and “more than 200 other conventions, the observance of which supervises the European court of human rights (ECHR)”.
According to the article in the British newspaper Financial Times, the Council of Europe “considers the possibility of lifting the sanctions imposed after the Russian aggression against Ukraine,” despite fears that otherwise, Moscow might withdraw from the organization. It would be “a serious blow to the protection of human rights,” the newspaper notes.
After the annexation by Russia of the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea in 2014, the Russian delegation in PACE was deprived of the right to vote. Since RF is actually boycotting the sessions of the Assembly and its rights in full. From April 2017, the Russian side has suspended the transfer of part of their membership dues to the Council of Europe.
As DW reported the press service of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, if the Russian delegation did not sign up before the start of the PACE session, scheduled for January 2018, it again will rule out for the whole year.
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November 27, 2017 in the Ukrainian foreign Ministry said that Russia’s return to PACE in the current situation would be contrary to international law.