According to the European Parliament, Russia is a state that finances terrorism
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The European Parliament voted this Wednesday, November 23, on a text declaring Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” (Photo: European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks at a debate on Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. , October 5, 2022.)
WAR IN UKRAINE – Diet “complicit in war crimes”. The European Parliament voted this Wednesday, November 23, on the text approving Russia“The state is a promoter of terrorism” It calls on the 27 countries of the European Union to do the same in the war in Ukraine.
In the text adopted by 494 votes in favor (58 against and 44 abstentions) in Strasbourg, MEPs “Russia as a propagator of terrorism and a state that uses terrorist means”.
The spokesperson of the European Parliament said that shortly after this vote of the European Parliament, the website of the European Parliament was subjected to a computer attack on Wednesday.
Jaume Duch on Twitter, noted “DDOS attack” (by refusing service) to be crippled “website availability” of the institution. “Parliamentary groups are trying to solve the problem as soon as possible”he added.
? @Europarl_EN website availability is currently affected due to high level of external network… https://t.co/aX3B1ueQNp
– Jaume Duch (@jduch)
The computer has taken over the attack “Pro-Kremlin group”, Speaker of the Parliament Roberta Metsola informed about this on her Twitter account. “My answer: #SlavaUkraini” (Glory to Ukraine) he replied
@Europarl_EN is under sophisticated cyber attack. A pro-Kremlin group claimed responsibility. Our IT experience… https://t.co/z3bP2qZd4n
— Roberta Metsola (@EP_President)
A symbolic move welcomed by Zelensky
A way to respond to repeated calls from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been urging the international community for weeks to declare President Vladimir Putin’s Russia “terror regime”.
But the European Parliament is taking a symbolic step here in the absence of an adequate legal framework in the EU. Unlike the United States, moreover, because the Joe Biden administration refused to use this qualification for Russia.
“Russia must be isolated and held accountable at all levels to end years of terror policy in Ukraine and around the world”Applauding the decision of the European Parliament, the President of Ukraine reacted quickly on Twitter.
I welcome @Europarl_EN’s decision to recognize Russia as a state sponsor and instrument of terrorism… https://t.co/5nrTyB1egS
— Volodymyr Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa)
This appeal of Vladimir Zelensky has already been echoed in the parliaments of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). In October, the latter invited 46 countries of the Pan-European human rights organization to declare the Russian regime. “terrorist”.
Members of the European Parliament demand the creation of a European legislative framework
“We called a spade a spade. (…) The recognition of this fact by the European Parliament is a clear political signal. Europe, Europeans do not want to remain passive, while their big neighbors violate all humanitarian and international standards.said Lithuanian MEP and former prime minister Andrius Kubilius (EPP, right).
In the text adopted on Wednesday, members of the European Parliament of the EU and Member States a “European legal framework”. This will make it possible to fight against countries that support terrorism “A battery of severe restrictive measures that will have the effect of significantly curtailing union relations” With the countries in question.
After Russia’s intervention in Ukraine in February, the EU strengthened economic sanctions against Russia, and eight sanctions packages have already been announced. Currently, a total of 1,241 individuals, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as members of the Duma, oligarchs and 118 institutions are subject to asset freezes and EU entry bans.
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