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During the negotiations of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Committee of Ministers) in Helsinki, it was agreed that Russia should remain in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This statement was made by foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas, RIA Novosti reported.
On 16 may it became known that the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin refused to participate in the meeting of the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki because of the plans for the restoration of the rights of the Russian delegation.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided, opening the way for the return of the Russian delegation to PACE during the meeting in Strasbourg on 14 may.
In April 2014 Russia was deprived of the basic powers in PACE, including the right to vote. The reason was the events in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. In 2015, the Assembly has twice considered the question of lifting sanctions, but the restrictions continued to operate: the Russian delegation did not participate in the work of the governing bodies of the Assembly and its monitoring missions. In June 2017, Russia froze the payment of membership dues.
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