"The debate with the Russians has ended. They demanded a change to the PACE rules to ensure their return. They had been told to come and talk, participate in discussions. They were eloquent in saying they longed for a dialogue, but explicitly refused to stay to discuss the escalation in the Donbas. The PACE Standing Committee has not taken any decision on the Russian delegation," the Ukrainian lawmaker said.
On April 10, 2014, the Russian delegation was stripped of the right to vote because of the occupation of Crimea and aggression in the Donbas.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, Russia was also deprived of its voting rights in PACE.