#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 07 – (NewsRU) has reported that Russia may lift the ban on capital punishment if it’s excluded from PACE, a senior Russian MP told the Echo of Moscow radio station.
According to Igor Morozov, a member of the international affairs committee of the Federation Council, Europe would lose a powerful leverage against Russia if it votes to kick the nation out of PACE. Russia would no longer feel obliged to comply with the rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, he added.
Anyway, even if it’s shown the door, Russia could re-apply for membership in PACE later this year, said Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma committee on international affairs.
Earlier, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Russia might be facing new sanctions at a conference of the Christian Democratic Union.
According to Deutsche Welle, the German leader warned the EU will adopt new restrictions if Moscow continues to violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Moscow faced renewed criticism in March 2014 on the heels of its invasion of neighbouring Ukraine’s Crimea region, the home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and many ethnic Russians, amid political transition in the capital of Kiev.
CFR reported that the seven other members of the G8, joined by the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, released a joint statement as the G7 condemning “the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Russia’s actions “contravene the principles and values on which the G7 and the G8 operate,” they said, announcing a suspension of preparatory talks for the Sochi summit. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry went a step further, saying that Russia “may not even remain in the G8 if this continues.”
In a recent article by (PravdaRU) the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that world leaders must work together calmly in light of recent developments in Ukraine.
According to Steinmeier, world leaders should leave Russia’s right to be a member of the Group of Eight, as dialogue with Moscow will be possible only within the framework of Russia’s participation in the G8.
“The format of the Group of Eight is the only opportunity to speak directly with Russia,” said Steinmeier in an interview with ARD channel.