The return of the Russian delegation to the PACE does not mean that the Russian Federation receives carte blanche. This was stated by the head of the PACE, Lilian Maury Рasquier, during a speech at the session of the OSCE PA.

“The ratification of the powers of the Russian delegation does not mean that we give it a carte blanche,” Рasquier said.

She added that the return of the Russian delegation to the PACE would allow working with Russian counterparts on problematic issues, in particular the situation with the shot down of MH17 airliner in the Donbas, as well as Russia’s failure to comply with the PACE requirement for the release of Ukrainian sailors who were captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.

Maury Рasquier emphasized that PACE is a place for dialogue, including political issues, and added that in 2014 the PACE “clearly and precisely” expressed its position on “Crimea and the East of Ukraine”, and this position remains unchanged.

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