The European Parliament declared Russia a state promoter of terrorism

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The European Parliament said that the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law constitute acts of terror and war crimes against the Ukrainian population

The European Parliament declared Russia a state promoter of terrorism

The European Parliament in session, in Strasbourg, France, on September 14, 2022. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/File)

The European Parliament on Wednesday declared Russia as a State promoter of terrorism in view of its “deliberate attacks and the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian population”.

He also demanded from the European Union a new legal framework to classify these States and restrict the relations of the community bloc with said countries.

“The destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law constitute acts of terror against the Ukrainian population and war crimes”, lamented the European Parliament.

The European Parliament issued a resolution in which it once again condemned these attacks “committed by Russia in pursuit of destructive political objectives in Ukraine and other countries”.

The legal framework suggested by Parliament would allow the European Union to designate States as promoters of terrorism and States that use terrorist means, “which would activate a set of important restrictive measures against those countries and would have profound security implications.” restrictive nature of the Union's relations with those countries”.

The text, which passed by 494 votes in favour, 58 against and 44 abstentions , it has no legal value but it does have the symbolic value of a European Parliament that, by a large majority, calls on the European Union and its countries“initiate a complete international isolation of the Russian Federation”.

To this end, they ask to act “with regard to Russia's membership in international organizations and bodies , such as the United Nations Security Council”, to avoid holding official events on its territory, to continue to reduce diplomatic relations with Russia and that contacts be limited to the “minimum strictly necessary.”

 The European Parliament declared Russia a state promoter of terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution calls for further reducing diplomatic relations with Russia and for contacts to be limited to the “strictly necessary minimum.” (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/REUTERS)

They also suggest ban “Russian centers of science and culture and Russian diaspora organizations and associations, which operate under the auspices and leadership of Russian diplomatic missions and promote Russian state propaganda throughout the world.”< /p>

In a meeting with the media, one of the MEPs in charge of the report, the Lithuanian Andrius Kubilius, stressed that the objective of the text is to begin “not being afraid to say what we see” and, given the possibility that this statement could impede negotiations between kyiv and Moscow, he stated that “there will be nothing to negotiate before Russia withdraws its troops.”

The only thing negotiable now, he said, is the payment of war reparations from Russia to Ukraine .

In parallel, MEPs believe, the Wagner group and other Russian-funded armed groups, militias or subsidiary agents should be included in the European list of persons, groups and entities implicated in terrorist acts.

The EU, adds the European Parliament, should “quickly conclude work on its ninth package of sanctions” against Russia, in which it suggests including those involved in deportations and forced adoptions of Ukrainian minors and in illegal referendums and elections in Western territories upados, among other new restrictive measures.

(With information from EFE)

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