“Putin's regime commits atrocities”: the European Parliament recognized Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

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The massacres of Ukrainians in Bucha, Irpen, Izyum and Liman, the bombing of the Drama Theater in Mariupol and the railway station in Kramatorsk are acts of terror and war crimes, politicians noted. The RF Armed Forces are depriving civilians of access to energy resources, water and communications.

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The European Parliament supported the resolution recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. This was reported by the press service of the Parliament following the results of the vote.

The document was supported by 494 European politicians, 58 opposed, and 44 abstained.

“After the atrocities committed by the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin against civilians in Ukraine, MEPs have recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism,” the release notes.

Russian troops are attacking residential areas and civilian infrastructure, because of this thousands of Ukrainians died, deputies stated.

“Serious violations of international and humanitarian law are equated with acts of terror and constitute war crimes,” the European Parliament said.

The text of the resolution speaks of arbitrary executions of aggressors in the occupied territories without trial or investigation, abductions, acts of sexual violence, torture and other atrocities of the RF Armed Forces.

The facts of massacres in Bucha, Irpen, Izyum and Liman, attacks on the Drama Theater in Mariupol and the railway station in Kramatorsk are separately emphasized.

The authors of the document note that Russia violates the principles of the UN Charter. Her troops caused a humanitarian crisis in Mariupol and destroyed 95% of the city. The occupiers are depriving Ukrainians of access to gas, electricity, water and communications, as well as basic goods and services.

Parliamentarians call on EU members to develop a legal framework for identifying countries sponsoring terrorism and developing significant sanctions for them.

The European deputies called for the creation of conditions for the international isolation of the Russian Federation. This also applies to Russia's membership in international organizations (UN Security Council). The resolution calls for a reduction in diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation.

Contacts with its official representatives at all levels should be reduced to a minimum, Russian state institutions, centers of science and culture, as well as organizations and associations of the Russian diaspora operating under the wing of Russian diplomatic missions and promoting state propaganda should be closed and banned in the European Union, the document says.< /p>

The European Parliament calls for speeding up work on the 9th package of sanctions against Russia due to multiple missile attacks on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure.

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Recognition of Russia as a sponsor of terrorism: Ukraine's reaction

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision of the European Parliament to recognize the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism.

“Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to put an end to its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and the world,” he wrote on Telegram.

MEP from Lithuania Andrius Kubilius, before agreeing on the draft resolution, spoke about the lack of unity in the views of politicians on the wording in the document.

The White House believes that recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism will not help bring the Kremlin to justice, DW notes.

“If a majority of MEPs support the relevant resolution, it will not have legal consequences Especially since the European Parliament has limited influence on EU foreign policy issues,” the publication emphasizes.

In October, PACE supported a resolution recognizing Putin's regime as a terrorist one.