Chairman of Ukraine's permanent delegation to PACE, MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BPP) faction Volodymyr Ariev says the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) proposes to complicate the procedure for imposing sanctions against delegations of countries that violate human rights, as well as the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
"The result of a meeting of the PACE regulatory committee on the Russian blackmail: there is no betrayal, and victory, too," he wrote on Facebook on September 20.
According to Ariev, the positive moment is that the worst-case scenario has not yet worked out, when the PACE completely abolishes the possibility of imposing sanctions.
At the same time, he said that the regulatory committee was proposing to vote for complicating the procedure for imposing sanctions, and called the proposal "a step towards blackmailers."
"We have done our best. However, we did not succeed in everything we wanted. Now we need to mobilize healthy forces for the PACE session – the main fight for amendments and for taking a weighty decision is ahead. Voting will take place on October 9," Ariev added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had already agreed with Russia's representatives on the chosen approach to amending the PACE regulations, which could return the Russian delegation to the assembly.
Under the latest agreements, the sanctions mechanism is planned to be destroyed not completely, but to complicate it so that application of sanctions against Russia could be extremely difficult.