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PACE not to recognize DPR and LPR terrorists

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has not adopted Ukraine"s amendment on the recognition of DPR and LPR as terrorist organizations.

PACE not to recognize DPR and LPR terrorists

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not adopted Ukrainian amendment on the recognition of DPR and LPR as terrorist organizations. 147 members of the Assembly voted against the amendment.

In addition, the amendment on recognition of DPR and LPR as terrorist organizations has not been supported by the PACE Monitoring Committee.

"The Committee does not support this amendment," said Stefan Shennah, PACE Monitoring Committee Chairman.

At the same meeting, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution imposing diplomatic sanctions against the Russian Federation. In particular, the Russians lost the right to vote in PACE. 160 deputies voted for adoption of the document and 42 voted against it. Also PACE gave Russia 24 hours to release Nadiya Savchenko.

According to the agreement with the Russians, approved at the private meeting of the Monitoring Committee, the text of this section was changed – there was added the ability to hand over Savchenko to Ukraine or another state.

The final rule is as follows, "The Assembly urges the Russian authorities to release Savchenko within 24 hours and to ensure her return to Ukraine or to hand her over to a third party."

This paragraph shall be included into the final resolution.

At the same time, this decision is not legally binding. As a result, the Russians may refuse to fulfill it.