Ukrainian delegation in PACE to put Russia status issue on ad hoc committee's agenda – Ariev
Ukraine's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will put the issue of the status of Russian bureaucrats on the agenda of the ad hoc committee, PACE Vice President and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy (Petro Poroshenko Bloc - PPB) Volodymyr Ariev has said.
"We will put the issue about whether some person who under sanctions, such as Chairman of the Russian Federation's Council's foreign affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev. If so, he cannot participate. The assembly thinks persons sent by Russia will attend. We will today discuss the issue at the ad hoc committee, namely the status of Russians, because the composition of the ad hoc committee is set and its members cannot be non-members of the national delegation. There is no delegation of Russia today, de factor or de jure," Ariev said, PPB's press service quoted Ariev as saying on Tuesday.
According to Ariev, the Dutch delegation will demand that one of the issues is the Russian annexation of Crimea, aggression in Donbas and the refusal of Russia to cooperate with investigation group looking into the downing of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Donbas in 2014.
"I have already seen the letter by the chairman of the Dutch delegation, which will demand that the ad hoc committee discuss the annexation of Crimea, aggression in Donbas and refusal of Russia to cooperation in the MH17 investigation," Ariev said, adding that there is a campaign underway to reinstate Russia's delegation to PACE.
"The rules say two years. Then the issue of expelling Russia can be raised. That may happen at the end of this year. No one wants this. There is a campaign underway to prevent this. So we can say that there is a fight here not for values, but for money," Ariev said.