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Council of Europe assembly authorizes Russia's return

AFP logoAFP 6/24/2019
"Overall, we are moving completely in the right direction. We are on track for durable growth in the economy," Putin said at the start of the phone-in © Provided by AFP "Overall, we are moving completely in the right direction. We are on track for durable growth in the economy," Putin said at the start of the phone-in

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly voted Tuesday to make it possible for Russian representatives to return to the body five years after the annexation of Crimea.

Despite strong opposition from Ukraine, 118 parliamentarians from Council of Europe member states agreed that Russia could present a delegation which would be allowed to participate in the election on Wednesday of a new secretary general for the pan-European rights body.

Sixty two members of the Strasbourg-based body's parliamentary assembly voted against the move and there were ten abstentions.


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