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 PACE refuses to amend rules in favor of Russia, - Ariev

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has refused to alter its rules of procedure in favor of the Russian Federation.

Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP, Head of Ukraine's Permanent Mission to PACE Volodymyr Ariev wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"The Ukrainian delegation's protests expressed on the eve of the meeting of the PACE Bureau have yielded results. The bureau has abandoned the idea of backing an illegitimate and quick procedure of amending the assembly rules in favor of Russia. But still we can't sit back and relax. It has been decided to hold a debate in the PACE political groups to fathom out the general attitude. And, depending on the result, the issue will be introduced to the PACE Bureau on Friday," Ariev wrote.

He believes that in such circumstances the Russia's intended "blitzkrieg" turns out impossible.

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"So they begin to talk about a political moratorium on the ban on the credentials of delegations (i.e. Russia), which is purely declarative and must be defeated during the meeting. However, it seems that the latest events in Aleppo and conclusions on the MH17 crash have somehow changed the PACE's approach not in favor of the Russians," the MP noted.

Earlier, Ariev said a number of influential PACE members were going to propose amendments to the rules of procedure of the assembly in order to reinstate Russia's delegation in the organization. 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."

"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 deputy remarked.

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