European Parliament to Consider Discontinuation of PCA with Russia
The reason is because of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, the violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia, and Russia's direct and indirect involvement in armed conflicts
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The European Parliament (EP) will consider the suspension of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with Russia in March 2019. according to the draft report “on the state of EU-Russia political relations.”
The reason is because of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, the violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia, and Russia’s direct and indirect involvement in armed conflicts, which “constitute a deliberate violation of democratic principles and fundamental values.”
Also, in the draft report, it is noted that the “non-implementation of the Minsk Agreements demonstrates Russia’s lack of good will.”
The EP “believes in the importance of finding ways to de-escalate current tensions and of engaging in consultations with Russia to identify measures aimed at reducing the risk of misunderstandings and miscalculations.”
The Parliament also “condemns Russia’s violation of the territorial integrity of neighbouring countries through the illegal kidnapping of citizens of those countries so that they can be charged before a Russian court.”
The EP believes that the EU-Russia relationship “requires a new framework of cooperation only in those areas that are necessary and in a common interest, and with a view to guaranteeing security in the EU’s neighborhood and a European peace order; is of the view that the PCA should be discontinued.”
The EP urges EU member states “to consider adopting further sanctions, including targeted personal sanctions, in response to Russia’s continued actions.” The organization also calls for a European version of the Magnitsky Act.
The PCA between Russia and the EU came into force on Dec. 1, 1997, for an initial duration of 10 years. The PCA, being renewed annually since 2007, remains the legal basis for EU-Russia relations.