The return of the Russian delegation in PACE will become part of the legitimization of the occupation of the Crimea. About that today at the briefing said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba, reports the correspondent of ЛІГА.net.

“Now the PACE continues to fight over whether lawyers of Russia to enlist the support of a sufficient number of deputies of the parliamentary Assembly to the powers of the Russian Federation was not appealed – if she decides to come back. In this regard, the October session of the PACE will be challenging, but we are ready for it”, – he said.

“If the Russian delegation will see that there is a serious opposition that can block their powers, then they will not go back” – said Kuleba.

He added that, in the case of the return of the Russian Federation to PACE, the parliamentary Assembly actually legitimitely occupation of Crimea. “It would be a terrible delegation, the delegation of the newly elected Duma, and elections will be held in the occupied territory of Crimea. In fact, the PACE legitimitize the occupation of the Crimea adopting Russian deputies”, – said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the COE.

At the end of January 2015, the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted an amendment to the resolution on Russia, which has imposed on Russia diplomatic sanctions, depriving the Russians of voting rights in PACE. For the adoption of the document 160 deputies voted against – 42.

The Russians have no right to participate in missions to monitor the elections, to be speakers, and to be appointed as PACE representatives in other bodies.

Kuleba: If Russia will return to PACE – it legalizes the occupation of the Crimea 23.08.2016

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