The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a resolution and introduced amendments to the regulations, which may complicate or block the imposition of sanctions on the Russian delegation and ensure its return to the Assembly without fulfilling global obligations.
Most of lawmakers, 77 of 136, opposed the inclusion of this issue in PACEÂ´s working agenda until June 28.
PACE adopted a resolution which states that "the members' rights to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies shall not be suspended or withdrawn in the context of a challenge to or reconsideration of credentials".
"It's a pity that our European partners did not listen to us", Zelensky said, adding he had told the EU's two most powerful figures that Russian Federation should only return to the assembly when it had fulfilled its demands.
The assembly said this clarification of its rules was to "ensure that member states' right and obligation to be represented and to participate in both statutory bodies of the Council of Europe is respected".
In a written statement, Ukrainian comedian-turned-President Volodymyr Zelenskiybrought up the Ukrainian sailors who were captured a year ago near Crimea and remain in Russian custody.
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Sixty-two members voted against the move and 10 abstained. "Probably there will be tabling of a motion to pause or stop participation of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada delegation in PACE", he said.
It had even threatened to quit the body altogether if it was not allowed to take part in Wednesday's election, a move that would have prevented Russian citizens from being able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. At least 30 assembly members backed her proposal, according to a Council of Europe statement.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, Volodymyr Ariyev, said the assembly's decision sent "a very bad message: do what you want, annex another country's territory, kill people there, and you will still leave with everything".
"If Russia leaves, the Council of Europe would lose the limited levers of influence it now has", Yuri Dzhibladze, a prominent rights campaigner, told AFP.
The Council s Parliamentary Assembly will on Wednesday elect a new secretary general to replace Norway s Thorbjorn Jagland.
Two candidates are in the running: Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders and Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric.