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Russia will no longer participate in Council of Europe

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Russia will no longer participate in the Council of Europe, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website on Thursday morning.

The ministry said in a statement that NATO and European Union countries were undermining the European body designed to uphold human rights, rule of law, and democracy.

It is unclear to what extent Russia will remove itself from the council, if it will not attend meetings or will end its membership altogether.

"Withdrawal from the Council of Europe also implies withdrawal from all mechanisms,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russia asserts that NATO and the EU have abused their majority positions on the committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to impose its will.

"The course of events becomes irreversible. Russia does not intend to put up with these subversive actions carried out by the collective West in line with the imposition of a 'rules-based order' to replace international law trampled by the United States and its satellites," the ministry said.

"Russia will not participate in the transformation by NATO, and the EU obediently following them, of the oldest European organization into another platform for incantations about Western superiority and narcissism."

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