Finland: Council of Europe restores Russia’s voting rights

The Council of Europe adopted a declaration on Friday that restores Russia’s voting rights. The decision was made during the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers held in Helsinki Hall on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. “We very much appreciate that our consistent line on the restoration of justice was supported by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe... Еще, Thorbjorn, and the delegations of the member countries, which turned out to be the majority,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “This essentially opens the way for overcoming the current crisis, which was created by an inappropriate decision by a parliamentary assembly. And we hope that this decision will be fulfilled,” he added. The Council of Europe suspended Russia’s voting rights in 2014 over the conflict in Ukraine. Russia stopped making its 33 million euro ($37 million) contributions to the body in 2017.

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