MOSCOW: Russia’s overseas ministry stated Tuesday it was launching the process to exit the Council of Europe, as stress grew for Moscow’s expulsion from the pan-European rights group. The ministry posted a press release on “launching the process to exit the Council of Europe” on its Telegram account, saying it had given notification of its departure to the Secretary Basic Marija Pejcinovic Buric. Ukraine on Monday demanded that Russia be instantly expelled from the Council of Europe, saying it had no proper to stay a member after sending troops to the pro-Western nation. Russia was suspended from all its rights of illustration a day after tens of 1000’s of troops entered Ukraine on February 24. The overseas ministry cited this “discriminatory” transfer in its assertion, saying that “in such situations, our nation won’t stay within the Council of Europe.” Pejcinovic Buric informed AFP earlier this month that “increasingly voices are demanding that the subsequent step is the expulsion of the Russian Federation”. Russia joined the Council of Europe in 1996. “We half with such a Council of Europe with out remorse,” the overseas ministry stated Tuesday. The ministry stated its exit would “not have an effect on the rights and freedoms of Russian residents” and that “the implementation of already adopted resolutions of the European Court docket of Human Rights will proceed, if they don’t contradict Russia’s Structure”.