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Poland joins boycott of 70th anniversary of PACE

Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia and Estonia are also boycotting the celebration together with Ukraine
14:56, 1 October 2019

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The delegation of Poland in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will not take part in the events marking the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. Member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Oleksiy Honcharenko wrote this on his Facebook page.

“The delegation of Poland is also boycotting the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. This is the sixth country. We continue working!” Honcharenko wrote.

As it was reported, two out of four members of the Lithuanian delegation decided to boycott the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which is taking place in Strasbourg.

Related: Latvia and Lithuania to partially boycott PACE session

According to one of them, Emanuelis Zingeris, the key factors, which denoted his position, were the request of Ukraine's delegation head Yelyzaveta Yasko, Moscow's refusal to observe the European Resolutions of the Council relating to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the downing of MH17 and violations of human rights in the Russian Federation.

Earlier, Russia received the right to return to PACE, without any limitations of the vote right. Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic States condemned this decision, demanding to strip Russia off its privileges and the right to take leading offices in PACE committees. The appeal will be considered already on June 26. Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky supported the decision of the Ukrainian delegation, saying he was disappointed with PACE resolution.

Related: Georgia opposes renewal of Russia's voting rights in PACE

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