The members of the European Union’s Parliament have identified Russia as a ‘State sponsor of terrorism’.
This was contained in a press release issued by the Parliament via its website, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the MEP’s after a plenary session held that the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine, has amounted to “acts of terror” and constituted “war crimes.”
The Parliament also called on the Union’s council to place “the Russian paramilitary organisation ‘the Wagner Group;’ the 141st Special Motorised Regiment, also known as the ‘Kadyrovites’ and other Russian-funded armed groups, militias and proxies,” on the EU’s terrorist list.
While the European Union cannot “officially designate States as sponsors of terrorism,” the MEPs urged the union and its member States to design a legal framework that will make such designation possible.
The statement read in part; “On Wednesday, parliament adopted a resolution on the latest developments in Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. MEPs highlight that the deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes. In light of this, they recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state that uses means of terrorism.”
The resolutions which were adopted with 494 MEPs voting in favour, 58 against with 44 abstentions, also called for more policies to ensure the isolation of Russia.
“Parliament calls on the European Union to further isolate Russia internationally, including when it comes to Russia’s membership of international organisations and bodies such as the United Nations Security Council.’’
“MEPs also want diplomatic ties with Russia to be reduced, EU contacts with official Russian representatives to be kept to the absolute minimum and Russian state-affiliated institutions in the EU spreading propaganda around the world to be closed and banned.”
CEOAFRICA had reported that the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, has lasted 9 months with no end in sight.
With significant victories by the Ukrainian army in the past weeks, the United States has called on Ukraine’s Government to re-open peace talks with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
US Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Mark Milley, has said the US and allied support has not diminished, but added that Kyiv’s success in countering Russia’s invasion puts it in better position to begin talks.