Ministry: declaring Russia a terrorist regime shows that the war is not forgotten

Earlier this week, members of the Riigikogu submitted a statement declaring the Russian regime a terrorist regime.

Vseviov told ETV show “Ringvaade” that giving Russia the label means different things in different countries.

“In our case, the most important thing is that it shows our attitude and our position, and also reminds everyone that for us this war has not become yesterday’s news,” he said, adding as the war lasts long enough time, it may become easier to ignore.

“We must not do this because what is happening is unacceptable, but it is also important for us that the Western political elite stays on the path we have chosen.”

While in the United States, declaring a country a sponsor of terrorism involves adding legal consequences, such as sanctions, this is not always the case in Europe.

Chairman of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee, Marko Mihkelson, presents the statement declaring Russia a terrorist state. Source: Erik Peinar, Riigikogu Kantselei

“If the people demand that our leaders take care of this war, win this war, the governments will take care of it,” Vseviov said.

“What it takes to win the war we have known from the start: the price of aggression must be raised so high that it becomes more reasonable for the aggressor to end his aggression than to continue it. “Ukraine must be supported militarily, politically, economically and with hope. And we must insist that all those who commit crimes, whether war crimes, attacks on civilians or the crime of aggression itself, will sooner or later be brought to justice.

He said substantive action needs to be taken alongside these statements. The ninth EU sanctions package is already under discussion, the official added.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said on Monday that Estonia considers Russia a state sponsor of terrorism after the country launched an attack on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.

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