Russia announced that it will no longer participate in the Council of Europe. In the coming days we will learn more whether Russia will submit a formal declaration of withdrawal pursuant to Article 7 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, and whether it will provide any reasons for this decision.
Yet, again and again, Russia proved to be unwilling to commit to peace. Despite the 1996 PACE’s membership requirements that called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transdniestria, Russia’s army remained in Transdniestria. Its aggression against Georgia and Ukraine are a testament of its imperialistic foreign policy that contradicts the basic aims of the Council of Europe.