As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was announced by Ukraine's permanent representative to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba on air of Channel 5.
"President [of PACE Pedro] Agramunt is certain Russia should be returned to the Assembly and a dialogue with it should be conducted within this body... All efforts are made during this session aimed at amending the PACE agenda so that Russians could return in January 2017. However, these efforts are on hold at the moment for lawyers see no support among Assembly members for their implementation," Kuleba stated.
Ukraine's permanent representative also noted that the return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe might discredit the body and launch a crisis within it.
"From the point of view of a general diplomatic situation, from the point of view of the international front - if by any means Russians manage to return next year without fulfilling the demands of the resolution and making the Assembly change for the Russians, this will be an escalation of the crisis of the Assembly itself, its discredit. We have learned to fight Russians at any front, but the Assembly itself will lose its status of a respected international institution. We believe that the Assembly itself risks the most due to the return of the Russians," Kuleba said.
As reported earlier, PACE President Pedro Agramunt on the opening of the parliamentary session said the Assembly should do its best to return Russian representatives who had left PACE.
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