The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with The Channel 5 has said that there was an agreement on the release of Ukrainian POW sailors by Russia with the subsequent return of its delegation to the PACE.
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the negotiations on the RF return to the PACE have been intensified since the beginning of this year. The Kremlin had to fulfill three conditions: to return the captured Ukrainian sailors, to give access to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to the Crimea and pay contributions to the Council of Europe.
However, according to the ambassador, later, Europe made it clear to Russia that it could return without fulfilling these conditions.
Therefore, Kuleba has noted that “the Russian note to the Foreign Ministry regarding seafarers appeared not because of the PACE’s decision to return the powers of the Russian delegation, but because the deadline for executing the order of the UN International Tribunal was expiring.”
“I am convinced that Russia was not going to fulfill these three requirements, as she understood that the coalition [in their favor] had already been committed to return Russia without any concessions,” Kuleba said.
As The Journalist reported, withdrawal of Ukrainian delegation from PACE was meaningless.