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 PACE should continue working with representatives of both Ukraine and Russia, President Agramunt says

PACE President Pedro Agramunt said equal rights for participation in the Assembly for all parliamentary delegations of the Council of Europe member countries should be provided.

As reported by Censor.NET, he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

According to the official, Ukraine and Russia share responsibility for reaching the regulation of Donbas conflict. So PACE should continue working with representatives of both sides so that these countries contribute to full implementation of Minsk agreements.

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The PACE president said that that the relations were definitely marred by certain problems but the bounds between the nations were still alive and could be improved. He stressed that the Assembly's members could together reach trust and general understanding of the fact that peaceful and prosperous society could only be built on the grounds of freedom, democracy, human rights and the supremacy of law.

The PACE will decide whether to continue cooperation with the Russian delegation in early 2017. Ukraine reacted with concern and disappointment on the PACE's resolution about the necessity to restore the dialogue with Russia.

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The Russian Federation was stripped of its vote in April 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of military conflict in Donbas. In January 2015, PACE extended the restrictive measures against the Kremlin for another year. Protesting against this, the Russian delegation said it'd suspend all contacts with PACE until late 2015.

In early 2016, Russia refused to join the PACE session so as to avoid extension of sanctions, saying that 'there are too many inadequate views in this authority'. PACE noted that under such circumstances, Russia will not be able to participate in the Assembly's work in 2016.

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