"Russia's return to PACE is not a double standard. The return of Russia means that the rights of the Russian people are respected and they are not deprived of this right," French President Emmanuel Macron said during a PACE autumn session, ONA's European Bureau reports.
“This decision does not mean a double standard or any gesture. If the Russian delegation had not returned, Russia would have left us sooner or later. It really shows our determination. We should be together, and all member states, such as Russia, have obligations to the Council of Europe. The return of Russia means that the Russian people have the right to defend themselves in the European Court of Human Rights,” E. Macron stated.
Note that this year Russia was readmitted to PACE after a 5-year break.