The European Parliament approved, this Wednesday, a resolution that qualifies Russia as a “country that promotes terrorism” because of the war against Ukraine, and asked the 27 countries of the bloc to follow this recognition.
The resolution, approved by 494 votes in favor, 58 against and 44 abstentions, also identifies Russia as “a state that uses terrorist means”.
MEPs approved, at the plenary session in Strasbourg (France), a resolution that denounces Moscow’s attacks on Ukraine as “acts of terror and war crimes”, namely on civilian targets and infrastructure, according to a statement from the institution.
Thus, the European Parliament classifies Russia as a State sponsor of terrorism that “uses methods of terrorism”, also calling for the adoption of a ninth package of sanctions against Moscow.
MEPs also considered that the legal framework should be changed in order to allow the European Union (EU) to officially designate countries as sponsors of terrorism, with the consequent restrictions on relations with the States in question.
The resolution also asks the EU Council to include in the list of terrorist organizations the Russian paramilitary organization “Wagner Group”, the 141st Special Motorized Regiment, also known as ‘Kadyrovites’ and other armed groups, militias and forces financed by the Kremlin ( Russian presidency).
MEPs also advocate greater isolation from Russia and the closure and banning of institutions with links to the Russian state that function as promoters of propaganda.
The resolution, voted on nine months after the Russian invasion, is not binding, like the resolutions condemning President Vladimir Putin’s regime approved by the United Nations General Assembly.