13:39 13.09.2016

Ukrainian delegates to PACE may suspend work in case of Russia's return - Ariev

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Ukrainian delegates to PACE may suspend work in case of Russia's return - Ariev

Ukrainian delegates to the Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe are mulling the possibility of suspending work if the organization restores the Russian delegation's rights in keeping with the principle "eyes wide shut," head of the Ukrainian delegates, MP Volodymyr Ariev said.

"We, inside the delegation, are discussing suspension of work at PACE if the Russian delegation is returned and reinstated in keeping with the principle "eyes wide shut." There are the Council of Europe's criteria. And if PACE itself does not want to follow these criteria, the question is: How can an organization that does not respect itself and its own principles advise us in its resolution?" Ariev wondered, while commenting to Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

In his words, such moods are quite strong among the Ukrainian delegates.

"We'll decide on it depending on the situation and circumstances that will come up at that moment. Indeed, the probability of such an option is quite high," he said.

Yet, he said, like all of PACE member countries, the Ukrainian delegation also plans to apply for its credentials in PACE at the beginning of the year to be verified, he said.

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