Censor.NET reports referring to Head of Ukraine's Permanent Mission to PACE, MP Volodymyr Ariev's Facebook page.
According to him, in September, the leaders of three and deputy leaders of two political groups of the assembly visited Moscow where they "received an ultimatum from the Russian side for their return."
"The lack of self-respect of these politicians must have been caused by some serious arguments. Otherwise I can't explain the fact they agreed to abide by the ultimatum and ignore the fact that Russia has not fulfilled a single requirement of the PACE?" the MP observed.
"This is the first time amendments to the PACE rules will be offered in the interests of one member state rather than the interests of the whole organization," the MP remarked.
According to him, such an approach caused negative reaction of the colleagues who he has recently talked to. However, Ariev admits there are yet enough supporters of the changes.
"The Ukrainian delegation will oppose the initiative because such actions bring to naught the organization itself and destroy its credibility," Ariev stressed.
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