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Dr. Andreas Nick, Head of the German Delegation and CDU Member of the Bundestag: How to bring Ukraine and Russia together

Bundestag: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE has once again called on Russia to stop the military aggression against Ukraine and has recognized the Russian Federation as a party to the Minsk agreements. This is clear from the resolution on the progress of the countries under the observation of the Parliamentary Assembly, adopted during the PACE winter session.
The fact that the Ukrainian delegation had obtained accreditation is “the cornerstone for future cooperation based on trust”, said CDU Member of Parliament Dr. Andreas Nick, head of the German delegation, in an interview. The Assembly also intends to work together with Russia: “We no longer want to discuss formalities with Russia, but to address the central problems of democracy and human rights, for example, in a very concrete way,” stresses the Member of Parliament from the Rhineland-Palatinate constituency of Montabaur.

In January the Ukrainian Parliament decided to renew the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE 2020. The declaration states that “the decision on the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the work of the Council of Europe in 2020 corresponds to national interests and the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine”.

CDU Member of Parliament Dr. Andreas Nick, Head of the German Delegation, said about the new delegation: “We welcome the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament to have the new delegation effectively accredited. We have urged this repeatedly in recent months. The new young head of the delegation, Lisa Yasko, and some of her colleagues visited our delegation office on Monday. They presented themselves in a completely new style, and this informal meeting created a very good basis for future cooperation based on trust. The monitoring rapporteurs should now travel to Russia as soon as possible. If we could succeed in bringing our Ukrainian and Russian colleagues in the Council of Europe together, for example in monitoring the Minsk process, that would be a great step forward. But of course, obviously, this is still a long way in the future.

The winter session of PACE took place in Strasbourg from 27 to 31 January.

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