Heinz Fischer: It is easy to slam the door but it is more difficult to open it

President of the Republic of Austria Heinz Fischer today reminded PACE delegation that before suspending the voting rights of the Russian delegation they should remember that dialogue is the only path to resolve the crisis in Ukraine

“It is easy to slam the door, but it is more difficult to open the closed door,” he said.

At the same time, Mr Fischer agreed that Russia violated international norms by annexing Crimea and intervening into the territory of Ukraine.

Russia’s further actions to destabilize the situation in Ukraine are unacceptable,” he said.

Today, PACE is discussing the situation in Ukraine. On Thurdsay, the Monitoring Committee will consider the actions of the Russian Federation leading up to the annexation of Crimea, and in particular the military occupation of Ukrainian territory and the threat of the use of military force.