Congress of local and regional powers of Council of Europe condemned military intervention of Russian Federation into the events in Ukraine. It was informed by the Department of policy and communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In particular, according to this information, on 16 October within the 27th October session of the Congress of local and regional powers of Council of Europe (Congress of CE) debates took place on the topic: ‘Separatist pressure in Ukraine and neighboring countries’. During the discussion the majority of delegates supported Ukraine, its territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders and condemned actions of Russian Federation. As a result of the debates, Declaration of Congress was adopted that officially recognized military intervention of Russian Federation into the crisis in Ukraine. ‘Congress condemns any kind of military intervention of Russia into the east of Ukraine, as well as any kind of Russia’s pressure on its neighbors’, - it is said in the document. ‘Security of the continent is put under a serious threat on account with the violation of international norms and principles from Russia’s side…Armed separatism that is supported by mercenaries and foreign troops is against all the principles supported by the Congress’, - it is marked in the Declaration.
It is noted by the Congress that security of the entire continent turned out to be under a serious threat due to the permanent violations of international law, norms and principles of Council of Europe by Russia; even it has signed them upon joining the organization. ‘What happened in Crimea (Ukraine), South Ossetia and Abkhazia (Georgia), Pridnestrovie (Republic of Moldova) and is happening today in the east of Ukraine, is diametrically opposite to the regional Europe we would like to build’, - it is mentioned in the Declaration. It was noted by the Congress that coordinated ceasefire in the east of Ukraine agreed in Minsk must be effective and implemented in full, after which a political dialogue should follow providing opportunity to Ukraine to restore its territorial integrity.
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