Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the European Council’s decision to expel Russia as a member was “unprecedented” but also “necessary”.
In a statement released this evening, Minister Coveney said the decision had been taken this morning by the Council’s Committee of Ministers – which Ireland will chair from May – and that it follows the Commonwealth’s notice Russia on “intention to withdraw and renounce the European Convention on Human Rights”.
“From today, the Russian Federation will no longer be a member of the Council of Europe,” said Minister Coveney.
“The decision is unprecedented in the 73-year history of the Council of Europe, of which Ireland is proud to be a founding member.
“It reflects the strongest possible condemnation of Russia’s unreasonable and unprovoked aggression towards Ukraine, another member of the Council of Europe, and its rejection of its values and principles. rules and legal obligations to which membership of the Council of Europe is subject.
Mr Coveney said he recalled Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio – who is currently Chairman of the Committee of Ministers – and other leaders in the Council of Europe, when “expressing his regret” for their actions in Ukraine, the Russian authorities “deprived the Russian people of their rights” from “the most advanced human rights protection system in the world”.
He said Russia’s removal from the council was “regrettable” but also “necessary”.
He added: “As I have emphasized many times, Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, as well as its right to choose a foreign policy path, and its own security, is unwavering.
“At the Council of Europe, as well as at the United Nations Security Council and other multilateral institutions, we remain at the forefront of efforts to end the violence and hold the Russian authorities accountable. ”
“I once again call on the Russian Federation to cease its hostilities immediately, unconditionally withdraw its troops from the entire territory of Ukraine, and refrain from further threats or use of force under any circumstances. any form against Ukraine or any other Member State.”
Officials said it happened when Russian forces destroyed a theater in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where hundreds of people were sheltering.
Mariupol city council said the building was hit by an air strike, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
In Kyiv, people gathered in their homes and shelters during a city-wide curfew that lasted until Thursday morning, when Russia shelled areas in and around the city, including a residential area. a few miles from the presidential palace.
A 12-story apartment building in central Kyiv burst into flames after being hit by shrapnel.
Ten people were also killed while queuing to buy bread in the city of Chernihiv, northern Ukraine, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said Ireland will mark St Patrick’s Day 2022 in “solidarity with the Ukrainian people” and has acknowledged its “resilience and courage”.
The ministry has “assured” the Ukrainian people of Ireland’s “unwavering support” and said Irish identity includes a “strong commitment to democratic and humanitarian values”.
“The priority focus of our Independence Day will be to emphasize that Ireland is an active, engaged and fully committed member of the international community of free and democratic nations,” a statement said. DFA’s father said.
“In addition to expressing Ireland’s support for the Ukrainian people, a core message of this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day is that Ireland is reopening. Our international program focuses on the theme of rebuilding connections and supporting our communities globally, acknowledging the importance of Ireland’s global community. ”
Taoiseach Michael Martin encouraged the network of Irish Delegations that normally light up green, lit up in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and invited partners who often participate in “Global Greening” to participate. Join us in doing the same.
The official international program of St Patrick’s Day will feature visits by Taoiseach, Tánaiste, other members of Government to 62 cities in 28 countries.
https://www.independent.ie/news/simon-coveney-says-russias-expulsion-from-council-of-europe-is-unprecedented-but-necessary-41455597.html Simon Coveney says expulsion of Russia from European Council is ‘unprecedented’ but ‘necessary’