Work of journalists restricted on the margins of the PACE. The reason for the decision was the behavior of the Russian media.
Security measures were increased at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, and the work of TV channel representatives was restricted on the sidelines, Ukrinform reports.
In particular, video shooting is allowed only in a certain cordoned off zone – each channel has its site. Six Ukrainian TV channels were placed the closest to the meeting room, next – eight Russian channels.
According to unofficial information, the reason for such a decision is the prevention of conflict situations, which at previous PACE sessions were actively provoked by the representative of “Russia 24” Olga Skabayeva. Several MPs from the Ukrainian delegation to PACE made official appeals to the Assembly leadership with a request to protect them against the unethical behavior of the staff of the Russian TV channel.
Today, June 24, the PACE summer session has begun in Strasbourg, which will be held during four days. The main issue on the session’s agenda is likely to be the cancellation or significant limitation of the Assembly’s sanctions mechanism, which could lead to the return of the Russian delegation, which was deprived of the right to vote in April 2014 in response to the occupation of the Crimea and aggression against Ukraine.
In June 2017, Russia announced that it would suspend the payment of contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe until the full and unconditional renewal of the powers of its delegation to PACE. The annual contribution of the Russian Federation was about 33 million euros – almost 10% of the organization’s budget.
QHA media reported that on June 17, Volodymyr Zelensky during a joint press conference with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said that the only key to peace in the Donbas was diplomatic and sanction pressure on Russia.