"The PACE Standing Committee has just refused to hold a debate on the return of the Russian Federation to PACE. Instead, there will be a debate on the topic 'Democracy Hacked. How to Respond?' I am glad that PACE has correctly set priorities," Ariev wrote on Facebook.
Read alsoLatest PACE resolution does not guarantee Russia’s return – Ukrainian envoyPACE in April 2014 barred Russian delegates from participating in the work of its Bureau, the Presidential Committee and the Standing Committee.
Russia did not renew its credentials before the PACE 2016 winter session and put forth conditions for its return, insisting on the full restoration of its delegates' voting rights.