Why Russia’s return to Europe’s key body is dangerous. In 10 Questions and Answers

After Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and occupation of part of Ukrainian Donbas, the country faced sanctions from the West, including from the US and from the EU.

Moscow also found itself marginalised in a top European institution committed to defend democracy, human rights and rule of law on the European continent: the Council of Europe.

Today, Russia is trying to return, on its own terms, to the Council of Europe’s key body: its Parliamentary Assembly.

In the 10 questions and answers, UkraineWorld explains what is going on and why it is dangerous.

  1. What is the place of PACE in the world, what influence does it have?

The Council of Europe was created after World War II to protect Europe by defending three principles: democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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