The autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be held in Strasbourg on October 8-12.
So, on October 9, the PACE is to discuss the issue of the revision of authority and the right of national delegations to vote. Belgian MP Petra De Sutter will be the speaker on this issue.
Ukrainian Human rights activist Oleksandra Matviychuk noted in her Facebook page that the Assembly, therefore, will vote for the resolution, which allows unlocking the activities of the Russian delegation to PACE.
“There is not a word in the document about this, but everyone understands that the proposed amendments to the PACE regulations will make it impossible to extend them. All this is particularly cynical, given that about seventy Kremlin hostages, including Oleg Sentsov, are still held in Russian prisons. And more than a hundred prisoners are still in the basements of the ORDLO,” Matviychuk noted.
According to her, in order to prevent the return of Russia to PACE, 23 teams were formed, each of which is responsible for the national delegation of 23 Council of Europe countries.
“On October 8 and 9, we will personally contact each member of the national delegations of these countries through Twitter and Facebook,” the human rights activist informed.
It should be noted that the rights of the Russian delegation to PACE have been limited since 2014, after the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Then Russia stopped paying contributions to the Council of Europe budget.
As it is known, the pro-Russian lobby is currently operating in PACE, which is trying to restore the powers of the Russian delegation.
Commenting on this issue, PACE Vice-President, Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Aryev noted that “the Council of Europe must finally make a choice of what is more important: values or money.”
At the autumn session, the PACE is also to discuss the issue of access of the monitoring missions of the Council of Europe and the UN to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
Among the other issues, the Assembly will discuss the report on the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft near Smolensk; issues of nuclear safety in Europe.
Earlier, the Lithuanian Parliament by a special resolution called on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe not to restore the rights of the Russian delegation to the PACE. 77 members of the Seimas voted for the adoption of the corresponding resolution, none of the MPs opposed it.
On October 2, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft resolution against attempts by the leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to return powers to Russia by amending the PACE regulation at the request of the Russian Federation. The document says that Russia did not show progress in the implementation of PACE resolutions and decided to boycott the activities of the Assembly.