Germany: Council of Europe 'will do everything' to avoid possible Russian withdrawal

The Council of Europe would make any effort to keep Russia within the organisation, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said during a joint press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday. Jagland warned that if Russia were to leave the international body, Russian citizens would no longer have access to the European Court of Human Rights... Еще (ECHtR), describing this scenario as «a huge setback» for human rights on the European continent. «we will get a new dividing line in Europe — on one side all those who are protected by the European Convention and have access to the European Court of Human Rights, and those who are on the other side those who don't have an access to the court,» he said, adding that the court had been «extremely important for ordinary Russian citizens.» German Foreign Minister echoed this position, saying: «We want a Council of Europe with Russia as a member, with all the rights and obligations this entails.» The Council of Europe's 47 members includes the EU states as well as Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, among others. In 2014, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PASE) suspended the Russian delegation's voting rights following Crimea's reunification with the Russian Federation. In response, the Russian Parliamentary delegation refrained from participation in PACE and stopped making monetary contributions since 2017.

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