The call of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, to listen to Russia and keep it in the Council of Europe indicates the inclusion of the most powerful forces attempt in any way to form a coalition in support of Russia’s return to PACE. This was stated by the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba, commenting on an article in the Financial Times with comments Jagland on returning of the Russian delegation to PACE, reports UKRINFORM.
“Open and clear signals of such high officials as the Secretary General, with maximum uplift rates. Obviously, now we are talking about the fact that any crook to form a coalition in support of Russia’s return to PACE even at the cost of destruction of values, principles and mechanisms of influence of the Council of Europe,” the diplomat said.
Head of the Ukrainian delegation to COE is confident that its position Ukraine is now defending not only their interests but also the interests of the Council of Europe.
“For Ukraine, this means that the battle for Russia openly joined powerful forces. However, we are ready to lead the line and make hard decisions. Ukraine now stands on the protection not only of Ukrainian interests, but the interests of the Council of Europe,” – said Kuleba.
With respect to visits of the Secretary General carried out in recent time, the diplomat pointed out that such lobbying for the return of the delegation of the Russian Federation by Jagland was happening on the background of the fact that Moscow never announced the possibility of leaving the Council of Europe.
“The Secretary-General in recent months has really done a tour, calling on key European capitals to listen to Russia and keep it in the CE. Russia itself, however, never voiced the possibility of leaving the organization,” – said Kuleba.
Earlier it was reported that the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland called for a return of Russia to the PACE and the lifting of sanctions, imposed on Russia for aggression against Ukraine.
Russia was deprived of voting rights in PACE in April 2014 after the occupation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass.
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