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With no right to vote but with sanctions: PACE extends measures against Russia

At yesterday's planned meeting in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) extended the decision to deprive the Russian delegation of voting rights in the organization.

With no right to vote but sanctions: PACE extends measures against Russia

Russia has not complied with the January PACE resolution, so the issue of returning the Russian delegation its powers will be considered at the PACE June session. At the same session there will be held the appropriate debate regarding sanctions: they will either remain unchanged, or be amplified, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the People's Deputy Volodymyr Ariev.

"All the members of the Assembly decided that if there was no progress, then there was no point in discussing sanctions against the Russian delegation. Russia absolutely does not comply with those paragraphs and the paragraphs adopted in the PACE resolution in January, when it was deprived of the right to vote and participate in the work of certain committees," said Volodymyr Ariev, the MP and the head of the permanent delegation to PACE.

"The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe postponed the discussion of the Russian delegation's powers to June. Then there will be carried out the appropriate debate, and sanctions will either remain unchanged, or be amplified," said the MP.

The Council of the Russian Parliament has already declared that they were ready to resume their work in the PACE only if they got the right to vote.

"We will resume out work at the site of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, provided that the Russian delegation has all the rights, especially the right to vote, on a par with all other delegations," said State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin.

As it was reported, on April 20-24 in Strasbourg (France), the PACE spring session is being held. The discussion of the Ukrainian issue is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22.