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France PACE
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France PACE

A general view of the hall before a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, France. The PACE has officially invited the Russian delegation to participate in the June session. In April 2014, Russia was stripped of its voting rights in PACE in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis and aftermath of the Crimea referendum. Since 2016, the Russian delegation has not been renewing its credentials ahead of the assembly's sessions in protest of the discrimination it faces within the organization. The country has also frozen its contributions to the Council of Europe, pledging to withhold future payments until such time as the Russian delegation’s rights are restored.

Belarus European Games Aerobic Gymnastics
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Belarus European Games Aerobic Gymnastics

From left, silver medalists Bulgaria's Antonio Papazov, Tihomir Barotev, Ama Maria Stoilova, Ivelina Lukaki, Darina Pashova, gold medalists Russia's Timur Kulaev, Petr Perminov, Ilia Ostapenko, Roman Semenov and Garsevan Dzhanazian and bronze medalists Romania's Gabriel Bocser, Alin Popa Mihai, Nicolae Dacian Barna, Marian Brotei and Andreea Bogati pose during the awarding ceremony after the group aerobic gymnastics final competition at the 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

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