Following the atrocities carried out by “Vladimir Putin’s regime” against Ukrainian civilians, European Parliament has recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to an EP press release.
“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 recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state that ‘uses means of terrorism,’” the press release reads.
The resolution was adopted by 494 votes in favor and 58 against with 44 abstentions.
Parliament calls on the EU to further isolate Russia internationally, “including when it comes to Russia’s membership of international organizations 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.