Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin on his Twitter page criticized the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, who spoke about the restoration of Russia's voting rights in the organization.
Klimkin compared the possible return of voting rights to Russia, which creates dividing lines in Europe with the release of & # 39; prisons from prisons & # 39 ;, who could supposedly create a dividing line in society, RIA Novosti writes.
The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was given the right to vote in 2014 because of Crimea's accession to the Russian Federation, this limitation was regularly extended. In 2017, the Russian authorities decided to suspend the payment of contributions. Prior to this decision, Moscow was one of the largest donors of the Council of Europe's budget, which transferred around € 30 million annually.
Crimea became part of Russia following the results of the 2014 referendum. Subsequently, 96.77% of the peninsula's inhabitants and 95.6% of the Sevastopol voters said they would join the Russian Federation.
On January 15, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said that the Russian Federation would only return to PACE after removing sanctions from its regulations.
On January 17, Duma delegates decided not to form a parliamentary delegation from Russia to PACE and not to pay a contribution to the Council of Europe.
On 8 April, the CoE Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, stated that the Brexit and the consequences of Russia's possible withdrawal from the Council of Europe (CoE) should shake off the European Union.