The Americans are in solidarity with the Ukrainian position on this issue.
The United States of America supports Ukraine in returning the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This was stated by US Charge d’Affaires William Taylor, RBK-Ukraine reported.
“The US opposes Russia’s return to the Council of Europe. We were impressed by the efforts of the Ukrainian team at the PACE, which it made to prevent Russia from returning to this organization,” he said.
Taylor also stressed that the policy on individuals on the sanctions lists should not change. “Our point of view is that neither the EU nor the Council of Europe should receive the delegations of those Russians who are on the EU and U.S. sanctions lists,” the diplomat said.
We shall remind you that on the night of 25 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe supported a resolution that changes the sanctions mechanism. In the same document, Russia is invited to return to work in the PACE without restrictions on the right to vote. 118 delegates voted for, 62 – against, and 10 more abstained. Before that, the PACE rejected more than 200 amendments prepared by the Ukrainian delegation to block the return of the Russian delegation to this organization.
The PACE voted to lift the restrictions on the Russian delegation, which were introduced in April 2014. The decision to return to the PACE will allow Russia to hold at least four sanctioning deputies to the Assembly. They will be able to bypass the restrictions imposed on them by the EU for Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine.
It is known that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has withdrawn the ambassador from the Council of Europe for consultations. According to the Foreign Minister, the decision to return Russia was formally taken before the presidential election in Ukraine, so it should not be blamed on incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky or former President Petro Poroshenko. In addition, the Ukrainian delegation is suspending its participation in the summer session. The only exception is to challenge the powers of the Russian delegation. Parliament will decide on the powers and further participation.