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PACE may punish Russia with sanctions for South Ossetia2009-04-30 12:41
In October 2009 PACE will continue discussion of the situation around South Ossetia, and sanctions in regard to Russia cannot be ruled out, stated konstantin Kosachoyv, the head of Russian delegation to PACE - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said that for the Russian delegation the situation in South Ossetia was the main topic of the spring session. In his view, the discussion was more constructive as PACE focused on humanitarian, not on political aspects.
At the spring session of 2009 PACE considered the situation around South Ossetia for the third time since October 2008.
At the session in October 2008, despite the attempts of the Georgian delegation and radical parliamentarians the Russian delegation managed to preserve the right to vote in PACE. Kosachyov mentioned that the issue wasn't over and that the pressure on Russia will increase.
In his opinion, PACE initially formulated ultimately radical demands to Russia and couldn't take them back without losing face. Kosachyov noted that the position was being established: Georgia implemented practically all the recommendations of PACE on the topic, Russia - practically none. The head of the Russian delegation pointed that sooner or later a new idea, new initiatives, new sanctions against Russia might appear.
The diplomat mentioned that PACE parliamentarians agreed to wait for the results of the EU commission investigating the August events, and they will be ready in June or July. Kosachyov believes that in October the discussion will start with renewed power, and therefore will be tougher for Russia.