Members of the European Union Parliament have recognized Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.
In a press release made available on the Parliament’s website on Wednesday, MEPs said after a plenary session that the Russian army’s actions in Ukraine were “acts of terror” and “war crimes”.
The parliament also called on the union council to put “the Russian paramilitary organization ‘Wagner Group’, the 141st Special Motorized Regiment, also known as the ‘Kadyrovites’, and other Russian-funded armed groups, militias and proxies”. EU terrorist list.
Although the European Union cannot “officially designate states as sponsors of terrorism”, MEPs have asked the Union and its member states to design a legal framework that would make this designation possible.
The statement read in part: “On Wednesday, the parliament adopted a resolution on the latest developments in Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. MEPs highlighted the deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the violation of international and international law other serious violations of humanitarian law are acts of terror and war crimes. In this regard, they recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and a state that uses the means of terrorism.”
The resolutions adopted by 494 MEPs in favor, with 58 against and 44 abstentions, also called for more policies to ensure Russia’s isolation.
“The Parliament calls on the European Union to further isolate Russia internationally, including with regard to Russia’s membership of international organizations and institutions such as the United Nations Security Council.
“The MEPs also want to reduce diplomatic relations with Russia, to reduce the EU’s contacts with official representatives of Russia to a minimum and to close and prohibit the spread of propaganda worldwide by organizations linked to the Russian states of the EU.”
The Russian military attack on Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, has lasted 9 months without an end.
With significant victories by the Ukrainian military in recent weeks, the US has called on the Ukrainian government to reopen peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, stated that the support of the US and its allies has not decreased, but added that Kyiv’s success in resisting the Russian invasion puts it in a better position to start the talks.