The European Parliament has decided that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism. 58 deputies voted against

European parliamentarians ruled on Wednesday that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism, following the atrocities committed by the regime of Vladimir Putin against Ukrainian civilians.

Shortly after the vote, the European Parliament was the target of a cyberattack, claimed by a group of pro-Russian hackers.

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine: “Finally, the European Parliament declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Thank you to all members of Parliament. Then Russia proved it to the world by launching 67 missiles at our infrastructure, our energy and our citizens. The result is tragic, there are many dead and injured.”

Although there was solidarity in the European Parliament, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a series of remarks on the same day which provoked an outcry in Western chancelleries over the first reaction of Europeans to the invasion of Europe. ‘Ukraine.

Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of Great Britain: “The French have been in denial until the last moment. Germany, from all sorts of sound economic reasoning…I’ll tell you something terrible…Germany’s point of view at one point was that if it were to happen, which would be a disaster, then it would be better for everything to end quickly and for Ukraine to give in, to withdraw. That seemed like a terrible way to look at it.

German officials have vehemently denied the scenario presented by the former British leader.

Steffen Hebestreit, German government spokesperson: “I’m tempted to switch to English and say what Boris Johnson said is utter nonsense. We know the entertaining former Prime Minister has always had his own relationship with the truth, as is the case now.”

Back in the Ukrainian camp, after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s visit to Kyiv, the British Ministry of Defense announced the dispatch of three Sea King helicopters, for the first time since the start of the war.

Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of Great Britain: “I think the minimum that Volodymyr Zelelnski has to achieve is to get the Russians out of the occupied territories after February 24, 2022. After that, it can be negotiated. In the end, the negotiations will surely be concluded.”

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Summit of Collective Security Treaty States, held in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Russia would like the support of the other states of the alliance – Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan – in the war in Ukraine, but it only has that of the leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. In Moscow, there have even been rumors in recent days that Russia will act against Kazakhstan once the war in Ukraine is over.

The result of the vote

The European Parliament resolution was adopted with 494 votes for, 58 against and 44 abstentions, according to a press release from the European Parliament.

According to a statement, MEPs stress that the deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their representatives against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law constitute acts of terrorism and war crimes.

Accordingly, they recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and “use terrorist means”.

A European legal framework is needed

Given that the EU cannot currently officially designate a state as a sponsor of terrorism, Parliament calls on the EU and its Member States to develop an appropriate legal framework and to consider adding Russia to such a listing.

This would trigger a series of major restrictive measures against Moscow and would have profound restrictive implications for EU relations with Russia.

In the meantime, MEPs ask the Council to include the Russian paramilitary organization “Wagner Group”, the 141st Special Motorized Regiment, also known as “Kadîrovites”, as well as other armed groups, militias and intruders financed by Russia, EU terrorist list.

Further isolation of Russia and finalization of the ninth EU sanctions package

The European Parliament calls on the European Union to further isolate Russia internationally, in particular with regard to Russia’s membership of international organizations and bodies such as the United Nations Security Council.

MEPs also want diplomatic relations with Russia to be curtailed, EU contacts with Russian officials to be kept to an absolute minimum, and Russian state-affiliated institutions in the EU that disseminate propaganda from State in the world are closed and prohibited.

Against the backdrop of the escalating acts of terrorism by the Kremlin against Ukrainian civilians, the resolution calls on EU member states to swiftly complete work on a ninth sanctions package against Moscow.

MEPs also want EU countries to prevent, investigate and prosecute any circumvention of existing sanctions and, together with the European Commission, to consider possible action against countries that try to help Russia circumvent restrictive measures already in place. square.

The resolution was adopted with 494 votes for, 58 against and 44 abstentions.

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