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European Parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism


BRUSSELS: The European Parliament on a designated Wednesday Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that their military attacks on Ukrainian civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law .
European lawmakers voted in favor of a resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
This move is mostly symbolic, as european union there isn’t a legal framework in place to back it up. At the same time, the bloc has imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow reacts angrily to Europe Congress decision.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram: “I propose to designate the European Parliament as a sponsor of stupidity.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the decision of the European Parliament.
“Russia must be isolated at every level and held accountable to end its longstanding policy of terrorism in Ukraine and globally,” he wrote on Twitter.
Zelenskiy has called on the United States and other countries to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorism, accusing their forces of targeting civilians, which Moscow denies.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has so far refused to list Russia despite resolutions by both houses. Conference urge him to do so.
The US State Department currently names four countries – Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria – as state sponsors of terrorism, meaning they are subject to defense export bans and financial restrictions.
In the EU, the parliaments of four countries have so far designated Russia a sponsor of terrorism, according to the European Parliamentary Research Service: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

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