Tuesday, 29 September

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rejected proposals to hold a debate on violations of the principles of the CoE by Russia.

On Monday, PACE registered two official requests on holding the debates on the topics: “To end Russian blackmail: Russia must be held accountable for non-payments” and on “To bring to justice those who shot down MH17”. Two requests were filed by Ukraine’s allies – a British deputy, conservative Roger Gale and the head of the EPP group, Polish deputy Alexander Pochey.

Requests for urgent debates were denied twice. At first, the PACE Bureau, the governing body of the assembly, voted against it. “I proposed and tried to promote this decision, but it was confidently rejected by the majority,” he said.

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