The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution calling the Russian Federation a terrorist regime. For the resolution "Further escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine" voted 90 member deputies present in the hall, one abstained. It states that "this aggression [Russian aggression against Ukraine] must be unequivocally condemned as a crime in itself, as a violation of international law and as the main threat to international peace and security." PACE also urged to continue providing weapons to Ukraine.
The key points of the resolution are:
- condemnation of the aggression of the Russian Federation and its recognition as a crime under international law;
- confirmation of the sovereignty of Ukraine;
- accelerating the creation of a special international tribunal to prosecute those who commit war crimes against Ukraine;
- creation of a comprehensive international compensation mechanism, including an international register of losses;
- providing Ukraine with air defense systems;
- bringing the issue of Russia's responsibility to the top of the agenda of the upcoming 4th summit of the heads of state of the Council of Europe;
- clearing international organizations of Russian agents;
- the question of the expediency of Russia's participation in the UN.
PACE became the first international organization to recognize Russia as a terrorist state. On March 16, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to exclude Russia from the Council of Europe.
A day earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia was officially withdrawing from the Council of Europe, but would continue to comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), if they do not contain contradictions to the Russian Constitution.
PACE unanimously voted for Russia's "immediate" withdrawal from the Council of Europe. As stated in the text of the Assembly's statement, the Russian Federation "committed gross violations of the Charter of the Council of Europe, incompatible with the status of a member state, and is not fulfilling its obligations to the Council of Europe."