Russia expelled from Council of Europe
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Yesterday, the Council of Europe voted to formally expel Russia after 26 years of membership, having been suspended since February 25, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began the day before.
In a joint statement by the 46 remaining Council members, the organization said: "We expressed on several occasions our firm condemnation of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine." The statement called the invasion of Ukraine "unjustified and unprovoked aggression," adding that "through their actions in Ukraine the Russian authorities deprive the Russian people of the benefit of the most advanced human rights protection system in the world."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the Council "a tool for anti-Russian policy." Ukraine's foreign minister said there is "no place for Russia in European bodies as it wages a barbaric war of aggression against Ukraine and commits multiple war crimes."
- Raf Casert and Jean-Francois Baidas. "Council of Europe expels Russia from human rights body" — , March 16, 2022
- Sarakshi Rai. "Council of Europe expels Russia over Ukraine invasion" — , March 16, 2022