The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland, who recently stated again that you need to return the Russian delegation in the PACE, rejected the idea of Ukraine that can be divided among all members of the sum of Russia’s contribution to the organization to balance the budget without Russian money. About the same time the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba said on air of the 5th channel.
“The Secretary-General has become the spokesman of the group, which supports and is working to return the Russian Federation in PACE. I can say that the return was planned for January 2017, but if Ukraine successfully, together with partners, has blocked the process. And now we also make every effort to ensure that this scenario was not implemented. Although today we are playing against much stronger forces than in 2016,” he said.
The diplomat noted that Kyiv, in order to prevent the return of the delegation of the state-occupier in PACE, I gave the idea to increase the contributions of other countries to the budget of the organization.
“The proposal was that member States of the Council of Europe, who can, have increased their contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe to offset the deficit in the non-Russia 22 million euros. That is not a catastrophic amount, and if it is divided to all States, for which the principles and effectiveness of the Council of Europe is important, then it could be close. But this approach was absolutely unacceptable for the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, which rejected such an opportunity,” he said.
Permanent representative of Ukraine in the Council of Europe stressed that not all organizations will accept the return of the Russians, as “Russia resorted to direct financial and political blackmail”, and added that the main question now is whether the foundations of the Council of Europe or subject himself to the interests of the Russian Federation.
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In the summer of 2017 Russia stated that ceases to make contributions to PACE, threatening that future contributions depend on the fate of sanctions against the Russian delegation. In late autumn the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland stated that the need to restore Russia to the PACE, because otherwise it will come out of this organization and the Russians will be left without the possibility of “zaschat their rights in the ECHR”.
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