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Ukraine asks EPP to assess PACE president's stance on Russia

Pedro Agramunt's frequent trips to Moscow made themselves felt, says deputy Rada speaker.

The Ukrainian delegation to the PACE called on the leadership of the European People's Party (EPP) to give assessment to the statements of the PACE President Pedro Agramunt, who in his opening remarks at the session of the Assembly called for the return of Russian delegation to the PACE, which has been disfranchised in view of the situation in Donbas and the annexation of Crimea.

"We have called on the leadership of the EPP political group, which has delegated Agramunt to the high post, asking to give assessment of its position on Russia," the first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Assembly, Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook 10 October.

In her opinion, Agramunt's frequent trips to Moscow had an effect.

Earlier in the day, Agramunt said as he opened the autumn session of PACE that the Assembly should do whatever is necessary to return to the plenary hall the representatives of Russia, who left the PACE amid sanctions.

Before being elected as PACE president, Agramunt chaired the European People's Party group in the Assembly.