The Parliamentary Assembly has finally adopted a resolution establishing conditions for Russia's participation in the June PACE session. The decision implies a return to observing and adhering to the PACE Charter so as to achieve the objectives on developing the parliamentary system of government and strengthening the legal framework of relations between the countries in Europe.
In fact, it is about restoring common sense, and one needs to realize that we have returned to it from a state that cannot be called nothing short of an artificial distortion of reality.
It was formed owing to certain countries' destructive approach to PACE activities, among those are Ukraine, the Baltic states, Poland, and Georgia - the states that, not to distract their national merits, do not belong to the leaders of Europe, i.e. those bearing the brunt of concerns regarding European development, its unified character, its business climate and friendly atmosphere improvement - in a word, advancing Europe's development opportunities and improving the European population's livelihoods.
Apparently, the periphery status makes these countries' political vision narrower and generates hang-ups encouraging them to give priority to destructive activities running counter to the principles and trends of the European continent's historical development.
For the time being, these countries proceed with declaring their commitment to following a destructive pattern in PACE and seek, as they claim, to create obstacles in Russia's way.
It seems that these countries should have found the willpower and courage to ask themselves and explain to the European public whether they did anything constructive in strengthening the unity of Europe, in improving its stability, in expanding the opportunities for its comprehensive development.
At the same time, it would be appropriate to ask to what extent their activities meet these countries' own national interests and how are they combined with purposes of improving people's well-being.
Besides, politicians of the mentioned countries should be aware that right now, if they keep declaring and attempting destructive steps in PACE, they will move not against Russia but towards isolating themselves in PACE and opposing themselves to the PACE majority.
Being enthralled by the destructive hype, they may find themselves in captivity of false appeal and false principles that guide them onto the track of self-isolation both in PACE and Europe as a whole.
It is also obvious that the destructive steps taken by these countries in PACE and beyond it have the character of announcing foreign policy initiatives generated by other countries, and they are prevalently associated with America's policy. As for the United States, it is hard to suspect it of seeking a sustainable development of Europe that is not so much an ally for it as a competitor in global economic and political projects.
Therefore, these countries should understand that their excessive zeal in defending the Euro-Atlantic line in the US-European rivalry is inevitably pushing them to the margins of European policy.
The paradox is that the more destructive these countries' actions are, the faster they lose prestige and the faster they head into the position of outsiders, annoying and shortsighted outsiders.
Sour statements by Ukrainian, Estonian, Georgian, Latvian and Lithuanian politicians as regards the PACE decision in favor of common sense, indicate that the current leaders of the countries named feel panic of understanding that it is them in isolation, not Russia. And they surely feel uncomfortable in the capacity of a single-use tool.