European lawmakers voted in favour of a decision calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
The transfer is basically symbolic, because the European Union doesn’t have a authorized framework in place to again it up. On the identical time, the bloc has already imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow reacted angrily to the European Parliament determination.
“I suggest designating the European Parliament as a sponsor of idiocy,” Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the European Parliament’s determination.
“Russia have to be remoted in any respect ranges and held accountable with a view to finish its long-standing coverage of terrorism in Ukraine and throughout the globe,” he wrote on Twitter.
Zelenskiy has urged america and different international locations to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, accusing its forces of focusing on civilians, which Moscow denies.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has to this point refused to record Russia regardless of resolutions in each chambers of Congress urging him to take action.
The U.S. State Division presently names 4 international locations – Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria – as state sponsors of terrorism, which means they’re topic to a defence export ban and monetary restrictions.
Within the EU, the parliaments of 4 international locations have to this point designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, in response to the European Parliamentary Analysis Service: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.