European Union MEPs will vote on a resolution declaring Russia “a state sponsor of terrorism”, the bloc said in its November 19 statement. The Russian military has stepped up strikes against civilian targets, including energy infrastructure, hospitals, medical facilities, schools, and shelters, violating international law and international humanitarian law in the process, member states said. . They condemned the brutality against civilians by Russian forces in the war against Ukraine.
“By declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, MEPs want to prepare the ground for Putin and his government to be held accountable for these crimes in an international tribunal,” the EU said in the statement.
A debate took place during the October plenary session and the vote will take place on Wednesday 23 November. European Union lawmakers unanimously backed the draft resolution that called Russia a “terrorist regime.” The vote took place in an assembly of representatives, called the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which was attended by lawmakers from 46 national parliaments across Europe. Of the 100 legislators of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, 99 voted in favor of the resolution. The only lawmaker who did not vote for the resolution was a Turkish lawmaker from the Republican People’s Party.
“The continued use of long-range artillery by the Russian military to strike towns and villages across Ukraine has caused massive destruction and death,” the resolution reads. “With these indiscriminate attacks, Russia aims to advance its terrorist policy to suppress the will of Ukrainians to resist and defend their country and cause maximum harm to civilians,” he continued.
What is PACE?
The resolution says Russia must “completely and unconditionally withdraw its occupying forces.” The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a parliamentary body of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is a separate international organization PACE is made up of legislators drawn from the national parliaments of the member countries.Council of Europe members also include countries such as the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Ukraine, which are not members of the European Union.
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