Some PACE delegates trying to promote rule change to have Russia back in session hall - Vice Pres.

18:30, 23 January 2017
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Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ukraine’s Heorhiy Lohvynsky, has told UNIAN he is observing an attempt by certain delegates to introduce changes to the existing regulations that would allow the Russian delegation to return to the session hall.

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The Ukrainian delegation keeps an eye on the issue, Lohvynsky told an UNIAN correspondent in Strasbourg Monday.

"There is a proposal at PACE to remove the right to question the credentials of any delegations. That is, there is a proposal to amend the Council of Europe's regulations, not to allow doubting the credentials of delegations. Then, automatically, if the document is voted, the Russian delegation will simply return to the [session] hall. We are monitoring the process," he said.

According to Lohvynsky, this is why the Ukrainian delegation to PACE holds a number of events aimed at spreading the word on what is happening in Crimea and eastern Ukraine (four such events are scheduled to be held on the sidelines of PACE winter session).

"We are hosting such events to show that they (the Russians) violate international law and undermine European values. Until the international law is restored and we hear an apology, we have to respond to such facts," the official said.

Read alsoAgramunt elected PACE President for new termPACE Vice President has said that now certain deputies are trying to submit corresponding proposals to the Standing Committee. "There are many people here who are lobbying for these interests - there are the French, who visited Crimea, and the representatives of Switzerland and the Netherlands, who openly support the Russian Federation… Any MP has the right to raise the issue. We are doing everything possible to prevent this from happening," said Lohvynsky.

As UNIAN reported earlier, an MP from People’s Front faction Heorhiy Lohvinskiy was elected Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for a year term under a quota of Ukraine.

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