Selkirk, MB – James Bezan, Shadow Minister of National Defence and the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs issued the following statement on the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to re-instate Russia’s voting rights:
“The recent reversal of that important decision to suspend Russia’s voting rights in response to Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion and occupation of Crimea is extremely concerning and risks normalizing Putin’s hostile incursions into the territory of neighbouring sovereign countries including Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.
“In 2014, the Council of Europe stood up to defend democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law following the invasion of Ukraine by passing a resolution declaring the Kremlin’s actions ‘beyond any doubt, a grave violation of international law.’
“Permitting the Russian government to vote in PACE undermines all progress made by the international community and Ukraine to pressure the Kremlin to conform to international law.
“Unless Vladimir Putin acknowledges the legitimacy of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and withdraws troops and proxies from Crimea and parts of the Donbas region, it should forfeit the right to sit around any table devoted to upholding democracy and the rule of law. It is critical to isolate the Putin regime and maintain a stringent sanctions regime until the Kremlin gets out of Ukraine and ceases to undermine international law.
“Conservatives will continue to stand with Ukraine against Kremlin aggression, threats to their territorial integrity, and human rights violations.”
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Office of James Bezan, MP