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Dutch lawmaker says he opposes PACE sanctions against Russia

April 27, 2015, 18:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
PACE stripped Russia of voting rights following events in Ukraine last year
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Tiny Kox

Tiny Kox

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MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe should not impose sanctions on countries whose actions it does not support, stripping them of their voting rights, whether it is Russia or Ukraine, a senior Dutch lawmaker said on Monday.

Tiny Kox, chairing the Party of the European Left in PACE, told TASS that he opposed sanctions against Russian or Ukrainian parliamentarians in response to their governments’ actions.

Kox said he hoped that the Strasbourg-based group would not extend its sanctions against Russia’s delegation, expressing a view that resonates with other members of the left-wing party.

The parliamentary arm of the 47-nation Council of Europe, promoting democracy and human rights across the continent, stripped Russia of voting rights following events in Ukraine last year. It suspended both Russia's right to sit on its governing bodies and participation in election observer missions.

Russian delegates left the April 2014 session before its official completion as a gesture of protest and refused to take part in future PACE activities, staying away from the assembly's summer and autumn sessions.

At this year's January session, PACE extended sanctions until April. In response, Moscow severed contact with the group for another year.

The PACE Bureau, the assembly’s governing body, told TASS last week a committee had recommended that voting on Russian delegation powers should be postponed until the summer session, due in June.

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