On November 23, the European Parliament recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has already welcomed this decision.
Reuters writes about it.
MEPs said Moscow’s military strikes on civilian targets, such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters, violate international law.
494 deputies voted for the resolution, 58 voted against it, and another 44 abstained. The adopted resolution has a recommendatory nature.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has already welcomed this decision. According to him, Russia “it is necessary to isolate at all levels and bring to justice to put an end to its long-term policy of terrorism in Ukraine and the world.”
A day earlier, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly called for the creation of a special international tribunal to punish Russian criminals and recognized the Russian Federation as a terrorist state. The decision was supported by all 30 member states of the Alliance.
“The tribunal will make it possible to convict not only the direct perpetrators of war crimes, but also the top leadership of the Russian Federation. The resolution will be sent to the governments and parliaments of all NATO member states.” – said People’s Deputy from the “Servant of the People” faction, head of the permanent delegation of Ukraine to the NATO PA Yehor Chernev.
State sponsor of terrorism
The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly called to recognize Russia and Belarus as state sponsors of terrorism, and the Russian Armed Forces as a terrorist organization. Finally, in October, the US Congress introduced a bill on recognizing the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The US State Department explained that recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism would mean that the US may have to expand its sanctions far beyond certain sectors of the Russian economy. Some experts say the move will increase pressure on the Kremlin and make any relationship with Russia virtually impossible for American citizens.
Meanwhile, on October 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution calling Russia a terrorist regime.
On October 18, the Parliament of Estonia also approved a statement in which it recognized the Russian regime as terrorist and condemned the annexation of the territories of Ukraine. And on November 16, the lower house of the Czech parliament adopted a resolution calling the current Russian regime terrorist.
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