Seven states to prepare joint resolution on PACE decision to reinstate Russia delegation's powers

18:30, 30 June 2019
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"We talked about this yesterday. We are all outraged by this situation. Representatives of the countries that have arrive for today's celebrations told me that they wanted to prepare a joint resolution. It will be very difficult to do during these celebrations here, in Lublin. But we talked about holding a joint meeting as soon as possible," Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanisław Karczewski said during events to mark the 450th years of the Union of Lublin, Radio Poland's Ukrainian service reported on June 30.

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According to Karczewski, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Georgia will discuss joint steps soon.

What is more, the Polish delegation will not take part in a PACE meeting on culture issues early next week in protest to the Russian delegation's return to the PACE.

As was reported, the PACE on June 26, 2019, lifted sanctions from Russia, which were in effect since April 2014 over the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. All the powers of the Russian delegation to the PACE were reinstated in full.

After this, the delegations of Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine decided to leave the PACE summer session ahead of schedule.

Russia has not paid its contributions to the Council of Europe since June 2017.

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