Ukraine to be in spotlight at PACE January session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) plans to discuss the humanitarian situation with Ukrainian refugees, the protection of Ukrainian journalists and to approve Nadia Savchenko’s authority as a member of the Assembly during its session on January 26-30.
PACE spokesperson Estelle Steiner told this to an Ukrinform correspondent.
“During its January session the Assembly submitted for consideration the humanitarian situation with Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons in Ukraine. The debate on this issue is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27,” she said.
In addition, she said that on January 28, during the discussion of the media freedom protection in Europe, PACE will also mention Ukraine, in particular, the issue of Ukrainian journalists Serhiy Sakadynsky and Roman Cheremsky, who are held hostage by pro-Russian militants.
It is expected that on January 30 MPs will also discuss the recognition of Nadia Savchenko’s powers as a full member of PACE.
The issue of returning or continuing the limitation of powers of the official Russian delegation due to the annexation of Crimea and aggression against Ukraine is to be discussed separately.
It was reported that last week, during a PACE Political Affairs and Democracy Committee meeting in Paris, its members unanimously stated that Russia’s compliance with the provisions of Minsk agreements would show whether it is possible to return the Russian delegation to the PACE session hall.

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