VIDEO: Russian flag taken down outside Council of Europe in Strasbourg after withdrawal from organization
By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
Russian flag has been taken down outside Council of Europe in Strasbourg after officially informing the Council of its withdrawal from the organization.
In a short video clip obtained by NewsBand, Russian flag was seen being taken down from the Council’s premises.
VIDEO: Russian flag taken down outside Council of Europe in Strasbourg pic.twitter.com/I7wLn9wFco
— Kalu Nwokoro Idika (@KaluNwokoro) March 16, 2022
Deputy Speaker of the Russian Duma Pyotr Tolstoy announced the withdrawal on Tuesday, through a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov which was transmitted to the Secretary General of the organization.
“All responsibility for breaking off the dialogue with the Council of Europe lies with the NATO countries, which all this time have been using the topic of human rights for fulfilling their own geopolitical interests and for attacks on our country,” Tolstoy said
He added that “due to the unprecedented sanctions and political pressure,” Russia is not going to pay the annual fee to the Council of Europe.
Stressing that Russia is leaving the organization “of its own free will,” Tolstoy explained that this “balanced and considered decision” had been taken “in the midst of yet another anti-Russian discussion in PACE,” which, in his words, might result in “another deceitful Russophobic resolution based on the peculations which have nothing to do with reality.”