The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada delegation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Volodymyr Ariev (fraction “Block of Petro Poroshenko”) requested to the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in the next week to meet with members of the Ukrainian delegation to discuss the PACE of the situation.
“10 days ago, on behalf of the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE, I appealed to the President Zelensky on the situation in PACE. Maybe the new President just enters the loop and did not have time to worry about an unpleasant situation in the Council of Europe. So I’m now publicly asking the President to meet with the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, the delegation could explain what might be the reaction of senior officials responsible for Ukraine’s foreign relations at what is now happening at PACE,” wrote Aryev on his page on the social network Facebook.
In this vein he also said: “I Hope the administration of the President will find time to arrange such a meeting within the next week.”
As reported previously in the procedural Committee of PACE has proposed to prohibit to deny MPs the right to vote and other rights during the revision of the authority of their delegation.
“The draft resolution envisages the introduction of amendments to rules to clarify that in the case of a request for review of powers (delegation – if) are not temporarily or permanently revoke the right to vote, the right to be represented (PACE – if) and the right to speak at meetings”, – said in a communique on the PACE website.
The Committee suggested developing a procedure for challenging the credentials of members of national delegations.
Approved the draft resolution, expected to be considered at the June 24 plenary session of the Assembly.
On June 5 the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada delegation to PACE, urged the President to respond to the resolution that might change the rules of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in imposing sanctions in respect of delegations, specifically Russian.
“The situation in PACE close to critical… I wrote a letter to the new President to finally react to the situation, when for the sake of political expediency, Germany and presidency of the Council of Europe, France can be severely limited mechanism for sanctions in favor of Russia, which is a bad signal to the whole democratic world is nothing more than pandering to the aggressor,” wrote then Aryev on his page on the social network Facebook.
In 2014, the PACE imposed sanctions on Russia, depriving the Russian delegation’s voting rights. Because of this, Russia ceased to participate in the Assembly.