The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recommended confirming Russian delegation’s return but introducing a number of conditions, as stated in the resolution published on the official PACE website.
In particular, Moscow was called to release Ukrainian sailors that were captured in November 2019 in the Kerch Strait, pay its debts to the Council of Europe (CE) and stop the LGBTQ+ prosecution. Russia must fulfill the aforementioned conditions until April 2020.
The list consists of five points:
- Releasing 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait;
- Paying all debts to the Council of Europe (60 million Euro)
- Cooperating with the joint investigative group and the Dutch prosecutor's office regarding the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17;
- Adopting effective measures to prevent violations of the LGBTQ+ rights, including in the Chechen Republic;
- Cooperating with the international society in the investigation of Boris Nemtsov’s murder.
The Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), “including the importance of Secretary General and judges of the European Court of Human Rights elections, will welcome the participation of all member states’ delegations next June.” It is stressed that PACE expects reciprocity in this dialogue, as well as concrete results on these conditions.
“The Assembly suggests its monitoring committee to present a report on Russia’s compliance with these conditions no later than April 2020 at an extraordinary session”, as stated in the resolution’s text.
As “Apostrophe” reported earlier, the map was published online illustrating the states that voted for Russia’s return to PACE.