18:18 Oct. 10, 2016
Ukraine considers Russia cannot be returned to Parliamentary Assembly because it violates international law
MFA press secretary Maryana Betsa wrote on her twitter: "Russia is an aggressor, an occupant. It blatantly violates international law and rules of Council of Europe. What return can we talk about?"
Росія-агресор, окупант. Грубо порушила норми міжнародного права, в т.ч.норми РЄ. Про яке повернення може йти мова? https://t.co/6YudEpMTXT— Mariana Betsa (@Mariana_Betsa) October 10, 2016
Volodymyr Aryev, Chair of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, wrote on Facebook: "It was decided to hold a debate within the political groups of PACE. Depending on the results, the issue will be submitted to PACE Bureau on Friday. In such circumstances, the blitzkrieg planned by pro-Russian lobbyists becomes almost impossible."
In spite of President's call to turn back Russia, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has rejected the initiative for the early introduction of amendments to the regulations, guaranteeing Russia unimpeded restoration of their rights in the Assembly.