Council of Europe calls all Ukraine sides to back off
Friday, April 25, 2014
STRASBOURG –The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) President called on all sides of the conflict in Ukraine to "urgently" de-escalate the situation on Friday.
Anne Brasseur asked all sides to "urgently de-escalate the situation and end all violent or provocative action and return to what was agreed in Geneva, particularly regarding the disarmament of illegal armed groups currently active in Ukraine.”
PACE's president also expressed her concern over "information coming from Ukraine about the resumption of violence, including in the city of Sloviansk."
Back on April 10, PACE stripped Russia of its voting rights in the Council of Europe until the end of 2014. Since then, Russian delegates are banned from participating in the council's governing bodies and monitoring missions.
PACE said it will impose more sanctions on Russia unless it reverses the annexation of Crimea.
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