The European Parliament approved this Wednesday a resolution recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, represented by a political group of European conservatives and reformists (center right).
MEPs approved at a plenary session in Strasbourg (France) resolution condemning Moscow’s attacks on Ukraine as “acts of terror and war crimes”namely, civilian facilities and infrastructure facilities, the agency said in a statement.
Thus, the European Parliament classifies Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, “using the methods of terrorism”, also calling for the adoption of the ninth package of sanctions against Moscow.
Resolution was adopted 494 votes in favour, 58 against and 44 abstentions.🇧🇷
MEPs also believe that the legal framework needs to be changed to allow the European Union (EU) to officially designate countries as sponsors of terrorism, with subsequent restrictions on relations with the states concerned.
The resolution also asks the EU Council include the Russian paramilitary organization Wagner Group in the list of terrorist organizations141st Special Motorized Regiment, also known as “Kadyrovtsy”, and other armed groups, militias and forces funded by the Kremlin (Russian Presidency).
MEPs are also in favor of increased isolation from Russia, as well as the closure and ban of institutions associated with the Russian state that act as propaganda supporters.
Resolution adopted nine months after the Russian invasion, are not mandatoryas well as resolutions condemning the regime of President Vladimir Putin adopted by the UN General Assembly.
The military offensive launched by Russia on February 24 in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.8 million – to European countries, according to the latest UN figures. which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).
The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.
The UN has presented as confirmed 6,595 civilian deaths and 10,189 wounded since the start of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.