Council of Europe restores Russia's voting rights


17th May, 2019 04:06:02 printer

Council of Europe restores Russia's voting rights

The Council of Europe, the continent's main human rights body, adopted a declaration Friday that restores Russia's voting rights following a spat related to its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Foreign ministers from the council's 47 member states voted overwhelmingly to support a declaration that says that all members should be "entitled to participate" in the council's two main organs "on an equal basis." That means Russia's voting rights have been restored.

The council, which is based in Strasbourg, France and is open to all European countries regardless of whether they are in the European Union or not, suspended Russia's voting rights after the annexation of Crimea, a move that Ukraine and most of the world views as illegal. Russia, a member since 1996, then stopped paying its membership fees in protest.