PACE deprives Russia of voting rights until April session - UPDATED

PACE deprives Russia of voting rights until April session - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED
# 28 January 2015 20:39 (UTC +04:00)

A special report by the disciplinary committee representative Hans Franke and member of the monitoring group Stefan Schennach's review were discussed, APA’s European bureau reports.

Russia was denied the right to vote until the end of 2014. In the current session of the same group, parliamentarians demanded to extend previous sanctions against Russia for another year. Some parliamentarians denounced the annexation of the Crimea, and noted that international law was violated via this action.

Swiss parliamentarian Andreas Gross called for dialogue with Russia, considering sanctions useless.

Pedro Agramunt reminded of the bad conditions of the Crimean Tatars, called for specific steps in this regard.

In addition, members of the Assembly demanded the immediate release of a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko. Amendments and addedums proposed by the Russian side in the debate were not accepted.

As a result of the discussions, the PACE delegation has deprived Russia of the right to vote until the April session at the Assembly. Russia’s participation at the Standing Committee and the Presidential Committee was suspended as well.

The draft resolution was adopted by the 160 votes for and 42 against.