Saturday, May 28

Russia leaves the Council of Europe

Russia will no longer participate in the Council of Europe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it in a statement in which it justified the decision that the countries of the European Union and NATO that are hostile to Moscow “continue their path towards the destruction” of this institution “and of the humanitarian space and common European law”. After this departure, Russia disassociates itself from the European Convention on Human Rights.

In the note issued by the Ministry, which is reported by the official Russian agency Tass, Russia assures that in the Council of Europe the EU and NATO countries abuse their majority to impose their points of view. The ministry also says that this institution, the Council of Europe, intended to promote the cooperation of European states, has become a space where “songs about the superiority and swagger of the West” are heard.

Moscow’s decision comes amid the invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, a conflict that has aggravated tensions between the Putin government and Western countries.

“The withdrawal from the Council of Europe is carried out on the basis of Article 7 of the Charter of the Council of Europe at the initiative of a member state, when the Secretary General is officially notified” of the body, he explained this Thursday to the Russian agency RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.

“The termination of membership occurs at the end of the current financial year, if the notification is made during the first 9 months of this year,” said the politician, referring to the process of leaving the Council. In addition, “the mechanism of exit implies the simultaneous denunciation of the Charter of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights,” explained Kosachev.