Marieluise Beck

Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestags

Rede beim Europarat zur Fortsetzung des Stimmrechtsentzugs für Russland

Am 28. Januar 2015 diskutierte die Parlamentarische Versammlung des Europarats über die Aussetzung des Stimmrechtsentzugs für die russische Delegation. Im April 2014 hatten die Delegierten aus 47 europäischen Ländern beschlossen, den russischen Kolleginnen und Kollegen wegen der Annexion der ukrainischen Halbinsel Krim das Stimmrecht bis Jahresende zu entziehen und bei anhaltendem Völkerrechtsverstoß gegebenenfalls auch vor einem Ausschluss der russischen Delegation nicht zurückzuschrecken. 
 
Der nun vom österreichischen Berichterstatter Stefan Schennach vorgelegte Resolutionsentwurf sah hingegen die zeitweilige Aussetzung der von der Versammlung verhängten Sanktionen bis Juni 2015 vor. Da die Krim aber weiterhin von Russland annektiert bleibt und sich hingegen die Lage in der Ost-Ukraine durch russische Destabilisierung dramatisch verschärft hat, wurden zahlreiche Änderungsanträge zur Resolution eingebracht. Mit dem nun verabschiedteten Text beschloss die Versammlung mit großer Mehrheit, den Stimmrechtsentzug für die russische Delegation bis zur nächsten Sitzung im April 2015 zu verlängern.
 
Sehen Sie hier die Rede von Marieluise in der Debatte über den Stimmrechtsentzug für Russland:
 
 
Lesen Sie hier den Redetext:
 
Ms BECK (Germany) – We are not talking about Ukraine and Russia only today; we are talking about the Assembly’s authority. In April, the Assembly decided that if the annexation of Crimea was not reversed and if the situation did not get better, we would consider removing these credentials. No one is now talking about taking away Russia’s credentials totally. We are talking now about the question whether they should get all their rights, including the right to vote in the Chamber, or whether should ensure the Assembly’s authority.
 
      Since the resolution in April, which we all decided together, nothing has got better; everything has got worse. We not only have the annexation of Crimea; we have the undercover war in Donbass. The Secretary General of the OSCE said today that the weapons are coming from Russian. We had the shooting down of MH17 and 300 civilians lost their lives. We had the rockets on Mariupol just a few days ago.
 
      In such a situation, our colleagues from Russia are not patients. I think that we should respect them and take them seriously as adult, responsible parliamentarians. Until now, however, they have not shown that they want to debate with us. I can say that from a German perspective because I think that no Chancellor or Foreign Minister has had such close contact with the Russian Administration as those from Germany. There have been hundreds of telephone calls, tens of meetings, different formats – the Geneva format, the Normandy format, the Minsk format – and every time, the Russian delegation backed away from what it promised and signed. That is a terrible situation, and I think, dear Andy, that our colleagues – indeed, dear Russians, you are here; you must be held responsible for what you are doing. If we do not hold you responsible and instead treat you like children, that is not correct. I respect you.
 
      Dear colleagues from Russia, if you want the delegation to stay, please do not threaten us. Do not tell us that you will leave if we do not do what you want. Yes, you are invited to come back, but you must accept that voting rights will be returned to you only when things have really started to change for the better.
 
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