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The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the monitoring of the implementation of a number of countries members of the organization of its obligations. The document contains provisions demanding that Russia fulfill the Minsk agreements, as well as to return Crimea to Ukraine. The text of the resolution published on the PACE website.
The resolution was made by 49 members, 17 voted against, and three abstained. The document notes the negative trend in respect of democracy, rule of law and human rights in Russia. PACE also demanded from Moscow to “end its military intervention and support for illegally armed groups in East Ukraine”.
Earlier, PACE rejected the majority of amendments to the resolution on Russia. “The majority of the amendments (…) had a pronounced anti-Russian nature”, — said the head of the Russian delegation, Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy. He noted that the changes came from the delegates of great Britain and Ukraine: the head of delegation considered them provocations.
16 January Verkhovna Rada voted for a return of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE. In September of last year, Kiev has refused to participate in the autumn session of the Assembly. Prior to that, PACE returned to the powers of the Russian delegation, of which she was deprived of in 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in the Donbass.
Crimea joined Russia in the spring of 2014 the referendum. The results of the voting do not recognize Kiev, the US and the EU, considering the Peninsula occupied territory. Moscow insists on the observance of international law.
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