Posts tagged as PACE

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Foreign minister to highlight Ukraine, Georgia at OSCE meeting

Monday, July 8, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) is attending an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) informal foreign ministers’ meeting in Slovakia this week, BNS reports. Formed in the early 1970s,  The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, and focuses on arms control, human rights, press freedoms and fair elections. It boasts 57 member states. The meeting, held in the resort town of Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, is to…

Lithuanian, Polish parlt speakers mull their reaction to Russia’s PACE return

Monday, July 1, 2019

The speakers of the Lithuanian and Polish parliament on Saturday night discussed ways for the region’s countries to react to the decision to return Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “We talked with the Senate speaker that we should consider this issue and maybe such an initiative could arise in Warsaw for us to bring together all countries that agree with the fact that Ukraine…

Estonia should leave Council of Europe, says EKRE chairman

Thursday, June 27, 2019

After the decision of the council’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) on Tuesday to restore Russia’s voting rights, Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) sees no reason why Estonia should spend taxpayer money on contributions to the Council of Europe. Helme, who is also chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), told media on Thursday that the council has “clearly given defending the principles of the rule of law.”…

Delegates of Baltic states leave PACE session in protest

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In protest against restoration of voting rights for Russian delegation, delegations of the Baltic states and four other countries cut short their participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and return home to consult on further actions with their governments and parliaments. Delegations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and Slovakia said in their statement: “The unconditional restoration of the Russian…

Estonian formin discusses PACE with Georgian counterpart

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani discussed the recent vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Russia’s possible return to the assembly in a phone call on Tuesday evening. Reinsalu expressed Estonia’s unwavering support for Georgia, spokespeople for the Foreign Ministry in Tallinn said. “Estonia stands with you during these kinds of bad decisions. The violations of international law and…