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2019.08.22 16:30

Baltic, Nordic countries mulls joint response to Russia's PACE reinstatement

BNS2019.08.22 16:30

Baltic and Nordic countries will discuss a possible joint response in September to Russia's reinstatement to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) earlier in the summer.

The issue will be discussed during the meeting of the countries' parliamentary speakers on September 2-3, the speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas and Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada said on Thursday.

"We agreed that we will have the format of the Nordic and Baltic parliamentary speakers on August 2-3, and then we will discuss it," Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis told journalists after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Andryi Parubyi.

According to Pranckities, Ukraine will propose the resolution format and contents.

Russia had its voting rights at PACE restored in June 2019, five years after they were revoked in response to the annexation of Crimea.

"It’s very important for it [Ukraine's new PACE delegation] to have the old one's integrity and would coordinate its actions with our friends swiftly," said Parubyi.

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