European Parliament: Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism

Members of the European Parliament voted on November 23 to adopt a resolution qualifying Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and a state that uses the means of terrorism.

The vote on the final version of the resolution, during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, was 494 votes for, 58 against and 44 abstentions.

The resolution reiterated its unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, and condemned the illegal, unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression waged by the Russia versus Ukraine.

He said Russia’s attacks and atrocities against the Ukrainian civilian population amounted to acts of terror against the Ukrainian population and constituted war crimes.

The European Parliament has called on the EU and its member states to develop an EU legal framework for designating states as sponsors of terrorism and states that use means of terrorism and called on EU leaders to consider adding Russia to such an EU list of state sponsors of terrorism.

He also called on the EU and its member states to initiate a complete international isolation of Russia.

The resolution called for the Russian state-backed Wagner Group and the “Kadyrovites” as well as other Russian-funded armed groups, such as those active in occupied areas of Ukraine, to be included on the list of the EU of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist activities. acts.

He called on EU leaders to quickly complete work on a ninth round of sanctions, to ensure prompt implementation of all sanctions, and to prevent, investigate and prosecute any circumvention of sanctions.

MEPs call for the list of people targeted by the sanctions to be expanded to include those involved in forced evictions, forced adoptions of Ukrainian children, illegal ‘referendums’ in Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, and the illegal “elections” in Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as all members of the State Duma parties who hold positions in elected parliaments at all levels, including regional and municipal levels.

Other measures called for in the resolution include, inter alia, a ban on the direct or indirect import of diamonds from Russia, the inclusion of Russia and Belarus on the list of third countries at high risk of the EU in the fight against money laundering and the fight against the financing of terrorism, an immediate and complete embargo on European imports of fossil fuels and Russian uranium, “and the complete abandonment of the Nord Stream gas pipelines 1 and 2, in order to stop funding Russia’s war of aggression”.

The resolution called on the EU and its member states to ban the public use and display of symbols related to Russia’s military aggression and war crimes in a way that expresses support for or justifies such activities.

MEPs called for renewed support for ongoing independent investigations into Russia’s war crimes and crimes against humanity.

They called on the European Commission and EU countries to work towards the establishment of a comprehensive international compensation mechanism, including an international damage register, and to cooperate actively with the Ukrainian authorities in this regard.

The resolution “calls on the Council and the Member States to urgently and significantly increase their political, economic, financial, military, technical and humanitarian support to Ukraine in order to help Ukraine defend itself against the war of Russian aggression and against Russian attempts at destabilization”. Ukrainian state institutions, undermine the macroeconomic stability of the country and destroy critical infrastructure in the areas of energy, communications, water and transport, as well as civil infrastructure in the areas of education, of health and culture.

MEPs welcomed the Commission’s proposal for an unprecedented €18 billion support package for Ukraine for 2023 to ensure its macroeconomic stability, restore critical infrastructure and maintain essential public services.

They denounced the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia power plant aimed at terrorizing the Ukrainian population and condemned Russia for making the power plants military targets.

The European Parliament “calls on all Russian people not only to refuse to be drawn into this war, but also to protest against the atrocious war crimes against the Ukrainian people, committed by the Russian Federation in the name of the Russian people”.

MEPs stressed that Russia’s current war of aggression against Ukraine “highlights the need for a thorough historical and legal assessment and transparent public debate on the crimes of the Soviet regime, especially in Russia itself. , because a lack of accountability and justice only leads to the repetition of similar crimes”.

(File photo: EC Audiovisual Service)

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