Members of the European Parliament recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

In a press release published on the parliament’s website on Wednesday, the European Parliament concluded after a plenary meeting that the actions of Russian troops in Ukraine amounted to “terrorist acts” that amounted to “war crimes”.

Parliament also called on the Council of Trade Unions to place “the Russian paramilitary ‘Wagner Group’, the 141st Special Motorized Regiment, also known as the ‘Kadyrovites’, and other Russian-funded armed groups, militias and proxies” on the EU’s list of terrorists list.

While the EU cannot “officially designate countries as sponsors of terrorism”, MEPs urged the bloc and its member states to devise a legal framework to make such designation possible.

The press release read in part: “On Wednesday, Parliament adopted a resolution on the latest developments in Russia’s brutal war of aggression in Ukraine. facilities and other serious violations of international law and humanitarian law constitute terrorist acts and constitute war crimes. In view of this, they recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and a state using terrorist methods.”

The resolution, which passed by 494 votes to 58 with 44 abstentions, also called for more policies to ensure Russia’s isolation.

“The Parliament calls on the EU to further isolate Russia internationally, including on the issue of Russia’s membership in international organizations and institutions such as the UN Security Council.

“Members of the European Parliament also want to reduce diplomatic relations with Russia, keep EU contact with official Russian representatives to an absolute minimum, and close and ban Russian state affiliates in the EU for worldwide propaganda.”

Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine began on February 24, 2022 and has been going on for nine months, with no sign of ending.

The United States has called on the Ukrainian government to restart peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin following major victories for Ukrainian troops over the past few weeks.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. and allied support had not diminished, but added that Kyiv’s success in countering the Russian aggression put it in a better position to begin negotiations.

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