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 Tuesday, April 20 2021 18:04
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Edomn Marukyan: We were surprised by the vote of the Russian  delegation in PACE

Edomn Marukyan: We were surprised by the vote of the Russian  delegation in PACE

ArmInfo. So far, it has not been possible to organize such discussions on international  platforms. This is already a success from this point of view, but it  is still difficult to say about the effectiveness of these  discussions. This was stated by the head of the "Enlightened Armenia"  faction Edmon Marukyan, referring to the inclusion of the issue of  Armenian prisoners of war in the agenda of the PACE spring session.

At the same time, Marukyan is convinced that this is a good  opportunity to put pressure on Azerbaijan to release the Armenian  prisoners of war as soon as possible. He believes that the  discussions will be interesting, and only through international  pressure on Baku can this issue be resolved.

Speaking about the vote of the Russian delegation in PACE on the  issue of including the issue in the agenda of the session, Marukyan  stated that they were surprised by the vote of the representatives of  the Russian Federation.

"The fact that the vote on this issue was separate is a fact. But we  were surprised by the vote of the Russian side. But since the Russian  side participates in the meeting in a hybrid form, that is, they did  not arrive in Strasbourg, and vote from Moscow, some technical  problems could arise. Our delegate Ruben Rubinyan has already  contacted the Russian side, and they assured that there was a  technical error.

But today, the Russian side will have the opportunity to demonstrate  with their speeches that they are for the speedy return of the  Armenian prisoners of war. After all, Russia supports the trilateral  statement at the level of the executive branch, and it has  obligations to make every effort to return the Armenian prisoners of  war," Marukyan said, adding that this has been repeatedly stated both  at the level of the Russian president and the Russian Foreign  Minister.

According to him, it was for this reason that they were surprised by  such a vote, since the positions of the executive and legislative  authorities of Russia differed. Marukyan also believes that the  answer to this question should be given by the Russian side.

It is noteworthy that the media have been replicated screenshots  where the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on  Housing Policy and Housing and Communal Services Sergey Pakhomov  (UNITED RUSSIA faction), to clarify why the Russian delegation to  PACE did not support the inclusion of the issue of Armenian prisoners  of war in the agenda, noted that during the vote on this issue, there  was a technical failure of the entire delegation. "We don't really  believe in coincidence either. We have submitted a corresponding  application, " Pakhomov said.

It should be noted that the question "Armenian prisoners of war,  other prisoners of war and displaced persons"was put to the vote in  PACE the day before. This was done after Azerbaijan opposed the  inclusion of this issue in the agenda of the spring session of the  Assembly. 93 delegates voted" for "the inclusion of the question, 21  voted" against", and another 18 abstained.

The official website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of  Europe has published the results of the roll-call vote on the issue  of including the issue of Armenian prisoners of war in the agenda of  the spring session on an emergency basis.

According to these data, of the 21 PACE delegates who voted  "against", as can be seen from the results, 8 represent Turkey, 6 -  Azerbaijan, 5 - Russia, including the head of the Russian delegation  Leonid Slutsky and former figure skater Irina Rodnina, 1 delegate  each from Hungary and Serbia. Another 7 members of the Russian  delegation abstained, and none of its members voted in favor. It is  noteworthy that one of the members of the Turkish delegation voted  "for" the inclusion of the issue in the agenda. The discussion will  take place this afternoon.  The information that the Russian side did  not vote " for " the inclusion of the issue in the agenda caused a  negative reaction in the Armenian society. Many broke out with harsh  criticism of the "strategic allies", while others tried to justify  these actions by saying that the issue was allegedly a package issue  and included, among other things, a clause related to the Russian  opposition leader Navalny. 


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