PACE to discuss depriving Russia of voting rights

PACE to discuss depriving Russia of voting rights
# 07 April 2014 11:17 (UTC +04:00)

APA’s Europe bureau reports that holding emergency debate on Ukraine, depriving the Russian parliamentarians of the voting right and taking up anti-Russian sanctions were discussed at the session. The Bureau decided to hold emergency debate on Ukraine at the plenary session of the organization to be held on the third day and consider the case of depriving Russia of voting rights on the fourth day.

Head of the Russian delegation to PACE Alexei Pushkov said that once it is clear that PACE is going to terminate the Russian delegation’s PACE powers, the Russian delegates will announce their withdrawal from the Assembly ahead of voting on the issue: “I think that the situation will be very difficult, but Russia will not be completely stripped of its powers in the assembly. Russian delegates would walk out of the assembly at the first sign of a vote on their sanctioning. There are some forces in the Assembly that are in favor of maintaining a dialogue with Russia and we will witness it during voting on a resolution on the fourth day. PACE Monitoring Committee will develop a resolution and a rapporteur on this issue will be appointed at today’s meeting. The development of a fair and impartial resolution depends on the identity of the rapporteur. Depriving Russia of voting rights was proposed by European MP, Robert Walter of the UK. The situation may be very difficult if Walter will be a rapporteur.”


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