February 26
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted in favor of the conclusion calling on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) to see to it that Russia withdraws from the CoE, RIA Novosti reports.

Accordingly, the PACE has stated that the CoE Committee of Ministers should petition to Russia with a request to withdraw from the CoE immediately.

But if Russia refuses to comply with this requirement, the PACE will apply to the aforesaid committee with a request to determine, as soon as possible, the date as of which Russia’s CoE membership will be terminated.

A total of 216 PACE lawmakers voted in favor of Russia leaving the Council of Europe, three MPs abstained, but no one voted against.

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