The request follows a similar appeal to NATO countries by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Pavlo Sadokha, long-time head of the Association of Ukrainians in Portugal, called on MPs from Portugal to recognize Russia as “a state sponsor of international terrorism”.
His intervention falls within the context “that measures are taken to prevent further attacks“says Lusa.
In a statement posted on social media, Sadokha also called on the Speaker of Parliament and the heads of the various parliamentary groups to recognize the Wagner Group as an “organization involved in terrorist actsin order to take “all appropriate measures to prevent further terrorist attacks by Russia against Ukraine and other countries”.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself called on the parliaments of all NATO countries to declare Russia a “terrorist state” and called for more air and missile defense systems.
In the outgoing statement from Portugal, Pavlo Sadokha stressed that the adoption of such a resolution “would be an important step towards diplomatic support for Ukraine, its citizens and the restoration of justice”.
He said that since the beginning of the “armed aggression” in February, the “Russian Federation has used terrorist tactics against the civilian population, such as indiscriminate shelling of towns and villages, the use of prohibited ammunition, summary executions for ethnic cleansing, arbitrary detentions, sexual violence, kidnappings, forced deportations and attacks against civilians.”
It also points out that “some of the main perpetrators of terrorist attacks against the civilian population initiated by the Russian state are private military networks of mercenariesamong which is the Wagner Group.”
“Giving Russia the status of state sponsor of international terrorism would play a crucial role in strengthening of sanctions, Russia’s economic, financial and diplomatic isolation and Russia’s subsequent inability to finance the brutal war against Ukraine“, continues the press release.
For Pavlo Sadokha, recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” would be “a strong signal in public opinion, discouraging any public, political and economic support” by other states, organizations and trade agreements with Russia or ” helping him in sanctions-busting schemes”. ”.
Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video conference address to the 68th annual session of NATO’s parliamentary assembly in Madrid that Russia is pursuing a ‘genocidal policy’ in Ukraine that targets the civilian population or energy and water supply infrastructure, with effects similar to those of weapons of mass destruction.
The Ukrainian president called on the parliaments of the 30 NATO countries to declare Russia a “terrorist state”, as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic has already done.
Mr Zelenskyy also called for the maintenance and strengthening of sanctions against Russia because of the “terror” it causes to Ukrainians and to help “increase the protection” of Ukraine, namely more defense systems air and anti-missile, “in sufficient quantity and quality”.
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