Russia suspended from Europe’s human rights body The Council of Europe
Members of the Council of Europe voted on Thursday to suspend Russia in the European human rights watchdog over its annexation of Crimea.
Parliamentarians from 47 countries in the Strasbourg-based body voted by 145 to 21, with 22 abstentions, to stop Moscow out.
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“It is completely impossible that people stay here together in this home with the folks that are helping occupation and violence and annexation of an independent state, person in the exact same authority,” said Tinatin Khidasheli. “So Russia got a really powerful message, very crucial.”
One center-right Traditional MP claimed the abuse was justified, but Europe must keep the lines of communication open with Russia.
“We strongly disagree and we condemn the abuse of territorial integrity of the person in the Council of Europe. But about the other side we’ve to keep people parliamentarians this discussion ongoing.”