Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev said that Ukraine has not formally severed relations with the CIS and its structures.
Kosachev added via Telegram: “Social media and websites are buzzing with the topic of raising the Ukrainian flag during the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which recently took place in St. Petersburg, deliberately mixing things up with each other and creating unnecessary confusion.”
Kosachev explained that both the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States are two multilateral international structures with a large number of participants, with their own charters, regulations and procedures.
Kosachev pointed out that, according to the official website of the CIS Executive Committee, as well as the official website of the CIS, Ukraine is still a member of their composition and has not severed official relations either with them or with their private structures, therefore Kiev has not made any statements about its withdrawal and has not sent requests for withdrawal to the relevant secretariats.
He said: “I don’t like the presence of the Ukrainian flag in the flags of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and I don’t like its symbol, since it is an illegal, undemocratic and ultra-nationalist country, but as a specialist in the field of international relations, I understand that the attitude towards the member states of international organizations, and the use of their symbols or not, is not the prerogative of the country in which the headquarters of the organization is located.
He continued: “Otherwise, we will have to face the fact that someone wants to half-mast the Russian flag, from the UN headquarters in New York, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the headquarters of UNESCO, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and many others “.
He noted that if Russia is the seat of international multilateral organizations, then no decisions or actions on this matter can be taken unilaterally, because Russia is a state of law, democracy and international law, pointing out that such decisions can only be taken collectively.