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PACE President Agramunt Advocates Return Of Voting Right To Russian Delegation

PACE President Agramunt Advocates Return Of Voting Right To Russian Delegation

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Pedro Agramunt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, advocates return of the right to vote to the delegation of the Russian Federation.

He gave the position in his opening word at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe posted on the website of the PACE, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"A situation where one of our member states – Russia – is not present in the Assembly benefits no one: not this Assembly, not Russia, and not any of the 46 remaining member states," said Pedro Agramunt.

"Among 47 we are stronger on the international scene," he added.

"You are well aware that, since my election as President, I have taken steps to re-engage dialogue with the Russian Parliament. I did so in full transparency, always involving in my discussions the leaders of our Political Groups and informing the members of the Bureau… Excluding anyone from discussions does not help make progress. On the contrary: it contributes to alienating interlocutors further and stimulates confrontational rhetoric which can be easily used by populists, nationalists and xenophobes," he said.

"During this session, we have agreed that Political Group Leaders should have consultations in their respective groups about this situation. I would like all of us to have a transparent, open and inclusive debate about this issue," he said.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction / Chair of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Volodymyr Ariyev, says the PACE Bureau has denied Russia accelerating procedures of introducing changes in the rules of the Assembly in favor of the Russian Federation.

Volodymyr Ariyev said some members of the PACE have been bribed by Russia.

In April 2014, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe suspended the right of the Russian delegation to vote following the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has more than once extended the suspension for the armed aggression against Ukraine.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's envoy to the Council of Europe, says a number of officials of the PACE are interested in renewal of the right of the Russian delegation to vote.

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