The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted on 24 June to allow Russian representatives to return to the body after its voting rights were revoked five years ago over the annexation of Crimea.
The vote came ahead of an election to choose the organisation's next secretary-general. Russia claimed to quit the Council of Europe's assembly if it was banned from voting in the election of a new secretary-general and also halted its membership payments since June 2017.
As a consequence of the voting results the delegations of Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine walked out of the assembly in protest and suspended their participation for the assembly session.
The Council of Europe, which is not connected to the European Union, brings together 47 European States. Exiting the Council of Europe would have prevented Russian citizens from being able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
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