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 Russia unlikely to exit PACE, status quo to be maintained, - MP Ariev

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is not weighing the possibility to deprive Russia of its membership in the organization.

Head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Volodymyr Ariev said in an interview with Radio Svoboda, Censor.NET reports.

"My colleagues are considering the preservation of the status quo rather than Russia's exclusion - limiting their [Russian delegates - ed.] right to vote, the right to observe the election process and participate in the governing bodies of the assembly," he said.

The politician explained why he deems such a move unacceptable: "First, Russia's voting on the resolution on Ukraine is nonsense! The participation of Russian parliamentarians in monitoring democratic elections in various countries is even bigger nonsense! I believe there is no need to explain why. And the participation in the governing bodies of the assembly means they will have an impact on the preparation of decisions in the name of democracy, freedom and human rights. This is the third nonsense, however a more controversial one. But still, I think it is unacceptable to restore the Russian delegation in this right until the Russian Federation begins to behave in line with the Council of Europe's standards."

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Earlier, PACE adopted a resolution which questioned the legitimacy of the State Duma deputies elected in occupied Crimea.
 
 
 
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