European Parliament declares Russia 'state sponsor of terrorism'
The decision is largely symbolic, as the European Union does not have a legal framework to support this decision.
The European Parliament adopted the bill that envisages recognizing Russia as the "state sponsor of terrorism" who also initiated the invasion.
According to the news in Euroonews, in the vote held today in the European Parliament, the Strasbourg-based Parliament, stating that Moscow's military attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine, such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters, violate international law, declared Russia to be a 'terrorism'. decided to define it as a 'state sponsor'.
In the text adopted in Strasbourg with 494 votes in favor (58 against and 44 abstentions), MEPs describe Russia as "a state sponsor of terrorism and a state using terrorist means".
With this step, MEPs want to lay the groundwork for President Vladimir Putin and his government to be held accountable before an international court for the crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine, by declaring Russia the 'state sponsor of terrorism'.
However, the decision is largely symbolic, as the European Union does not have a legal framework to support the decision.