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European Council thinks over lifting Anti-Russian sanctions

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European Council thinks over lifting Anti-Russian sanctions


ru.wikipedia.orgLifting Anti-Russian sanctions is on the agenda of the European Council, TASS informs. As per the Western mass media, this international organization has expressed concern that Russia might make a decision to step from this organization.

According to the head of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, this measure might lead to very negative aftermath, as Europe without Russia makes a serious step back. At this, the general Secretary of the European Council has commented that all claims that some Russian governmental officials met with him and threatened to step from the organization are not true.

Jagland has stated that the threat of Russia quitting the Council of Europe is quite plausible, as Russia refused to pay fees to the budget of European Council.

At this, Jagland has claimed that lifting sanctions would not mean that the west accepted Crimea’s reunification with Russia. In his opinion, this position stays quite crucial.

Russia was deprived of its right to vote at the assembly meetings and take part in all administrative operations and election observation missions three years ago. The reason for that was position of our country regarding Ukraine and reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation.

It is worth reminding that our parliament members made a decision to cancel all trips to Strasbourg after introduction of anti-Russian sanctions. Besides, Russian authorities in 2017 have not paid membership fees to the budget of European Council until its functions are restored. Our deputies demand to make amendments to the regulations which would not allow any reconsideration of any delegation’s functions.

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