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Russia hopes Venice Commission to be freed of foreign pressure in assessing Ukraine events

October 10, 2014, 11:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Venice Commission is due to hold its 100th Plenary Session in Rome on 10-11 October
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Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin

Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday he hopes the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters, will be not under external pressure in judging on the events in Ukraine.

The Venice Commission is due to hold its 100th Plenary Session in Rome on 10-11 October.

“We are treating this organization with great respect and are actively working in the framework of the Venice Commission,” the State Duma speaker said.

“We hope that this year, the Venice Commission will be freed of foreign pressure in regard to the events in Ukraine, and the 100th anniversary session [opening today] will finally contribute to restoring peace on the brotherly land for Russia in Ukraine, rather than to fuelling the crisis,” Naryshkin said.

Infographics Map of combat actions in Ukraine's east on September 29 – October 4 Map of combat actions in Ukraine's east on September 29 – October 4
Shelling attacks on residential areas of Donetsk resumed early October amid ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Infographics by TASS
Naryshkin criticized the Venice Commission for the lack of “professionalism and impartiality” in regard to the internal crisis in the former Soviet state and urged a thorough analysis of the current Ukrainian legislation.

“The conclusions by the Commission on the legal actions adopted by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada were made without a thorough analysis of the facts, and the consideration of such issues as the February coup and the Ukrainian laws related to it were in fact just blocked,” he said.

“This of course has heated up nationalists, radicals and their sponsors,” Naryshkin said.

He mentioned that a working group within Russia’s State Duma has been analyzing Ukraine’s legislation and law adoption procedures over the past few months. The first bulletin of the group has been published on the parliament’s official website and the document was presented at the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Geneva.

Created in 1990, the Venice Commission now has 59 member states: the 47 Council of Europe member states, plus 12 other countries (Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Tunisia and the United States), which have a status of observers or associated members.

The Commission provides conclusions on requests from parliaments, governments and heads of state of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

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