The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has unanimously approved a resolution calling on the organization's member states to recognize Vladimir Putin as an invalid president after the end of his current term in 2024. The call was published on the PACE website.
The Assembly also calls on the member states of the Council of Europe to cease all official contacts with Putin, except in cases of humanitarian aid and peace efforts.
The resolution states that the unlimited hold on power by Vladimir Putin, who has been president or prime minister since 2000 has led to Russia's transformation into a dictatorship.
It emphasizes that the long-term rule of the president without the necessary checks and balances, such as a strong parliament an independent judiciary, free media and an active civil society has led to the formation of a dictatorship in the Russian Federation.
PACE also pointed to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine as an example of how dictatorships can pose a threat to world order security and sovereignty of neighboring states. The parliamentarians believe that the restoration of democratic principles in Russia is important not only for the Russian people, but also for the interests of Europe and the entire world community.
In addition, PACE reaffirmed its support for the creation of a special international criminal tribunal that would hold Russian leaders including Vladimir Putin accountable for their actions, from the illegal annexation of Crimea to the conflict in Donbass and the crash of flight MH17.
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