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Kyiv demands expulsion of Russia from Council of Europe

PoliticsKyiv demands expulsion of Russia from Council of Europe

Paris (Times Of Ocean)- Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Monday appealed to the Council of Europe member states to expel Russia, imposing a no-fly zone to protect not just his country’s security but all of Europe’s.

Shymhal visually addressed the extraordinary plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to discuss the effects of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, calling for a “tough response” against Kremlin for “starting a war in the center of Europe that can become a third world war.”

He said: “We demand a decision be approved to immediately oust Russia from the Council of Europe … We demand to close the skies over Ukraine for the sake of millions of people, for the sake of European and world security.”

Shymhal demanded the parliamentary members to join the force with Kyiv to stop the aggression before “a nuclear disaster sets all of Europe on fire.”

He added the Parliamentary Assembly’s decision to restore Russia’s voting rights in 2019, which had been suspended since 2014 after Moscow illegally annexed Crimea, “shows a poor understanding of the world on Putin’s regime.”

“Europe chose to pacify the aggressor rather than defending democracy, rule of law. But in the last 18 days, the world has opened its eyes,” he proclaimed.

“The ones who support the unprovoked and unjustified aggression cannot stay in the single European family where human life is the highest value. Ukraine is on fire …” Shymhal said.

“Punishment for terrorism and genocide cannot be avoided,” he asserted.

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