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PACE Again Suspends Russia

  • RFE/RL

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided again to strip Russia of the right to vote or take part in the assembly's governing bodies until April 2015.

In announcing its decision on January 28, PACE condemned Russia's "illegal annexation of Crimea" in March 2014.

The PACE statement also condemned Russia's role in “instigating and escalating developments in Ukraine, including with arms supplies to insurgent forces and covert military action by Russian troops inside eastern Ukraine.”

Russia denies playing any role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

After the decision, the head of Russia's delegation to PACE, Aleksei Pushkov, said his country will suspend until the end of 2015 its participation in the pan-European body dedicated to upholding human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

PACE first suspended Russia in April 2014.

With reporting by TASS