Deputy FM endorses Polish delegation decision to leave PACE session

2019-06-27 09:23 update: 2019-06-29, 16:55
Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek. Photo. PAP/PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek. Photo. PAP/PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The Polish delegation was right to leave the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) after confirmation that Russia had regained its full rights in the body, Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek has said.

"There is no evidence showing that such methods towards Russia are effective," he told a public TV broadcaster TVP Info on Wednesday night.

The PACE, in Strasbourg on Monday night, voted in favour of restoring Russia's voting rights, five years after they were stripped as a result of the annexation of Crimea in 2014. On Wednesday, in protest at that decision, the delegations of Poland Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Georgia and Slovakia left the PACE session and decided to return to their countries to consult the situation with their political milieus and foreign affairs ministries.

"The Polish delegates rightly decided that nothing has changed in terms of Russia's violation of international law in Crimea, which was the main reason for suspending Russia's participation in PACE," Szynkowski vel Sek said. "If nothing has changed then the sanction should not be lifted," he added.

Monday's vote by PACE was a result of a May 17 meeting in Helsinki of the council's ministers, who adopted a declaration that stated "all member states should be entitled to participate on an equal basis" in the council's Committee of Ministers and Parliamentary Assembly. The assembly voted 118 in favour and 62 against, with 10 abstentions. (PAP)