Member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and MP from Ukraine's European Solidarity Party Oleksii Honcharenko has said the PACE Presidential Committee will arrive in Ukraine soon for consultations.
"At the suggestion of a group of the European People's Party and a group of conservatives to which I have the honor to belong, the PACE Presidential Committee has decided to hold its meeting in Kyiv in the near future to consult with Ukraine," he wrote on Facebook.
Honcharenko reiterated the PACE autumn session kicked off in Strasbourg on September 30, but the permanent delegation of Ukraine would not take part in its official events.
"Several PACE members, including me, came to the Assembly for informal work, consultations, etc.," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the delegation of Ukraine to the PACE officially refused to participate in the organization's autumn session over the Russian Federation's return.
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. One of the arguments for the return of Russia to the PACE was the fact that Russian citizens need to have access to the European Court of Human Rights to be able to protect their rights.
UNIAN memo. The PACE Presidential Committee consists of the President of the Assembly, the chairpersons of the political groups (or their representatives) and the Secretary General of the Assembly. The Presidential Committee is a consultative body for the Bureau and the President of the Assembly. It prepares meetings of the Bureau and may be entrusted by it with liaison tasks.