European Parliament calls Russia a ‘terror-promoting state’ as Kyiv is bombed

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday a text qualifying Russia as a “State promoter of terrorism” in the war in Ukraine, calling on the 27 countries of the European Union to do the same.

In the text adopted in Strasbourg by 494 votes in favor (58 votes against and 44 abstentions), MEPs describe “Russia as a state that promotes terrorism and as a state that uses terrorist means”.

Following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s repeated calls to the international community to declare President Vladimir Putin’s regime a “terrorist regime”, the European Parliament takes a mostly symbolic step, in the absence of an adequate legal framework in the EU , unlike the United States.

“Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and around the world”, quickly reacted on Twitter the Ukrainian president, welcoming the decision MEPs.

This appeal by Volodymyr Zelensky had already found an echo, in particular, with the parliaments of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which in October invited the 46 countries of the organization pan-European human rights organization to declare the Russian regime a “terrorist”.

The administration of US President Joe Biden, for its part, refuses to use this qualification for Russia.


“We called a spade a spade. (…) The recognition of this fact by the European Parliament sends a clear political signal. Europe, Europeans do not want to remain passive, while their big neighbor violates all humanitarian and international standards”

Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian MEP (EPP, right) and former Prime Minister

In the text adopted on Wednesday, MEPs call on the EU and the Member States to put in place a “European legal framework” which would make it possible to take against the countries qualified as supporting terrorism “a battery of heavy restrictive measures and which would have the effect to significantly limit the Union’s relations” with the countries in question.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the EU has stepped up economic sanctions against Russia, with eight sanctions packages already announced.

In total, 1,241 individuals — including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, but also members of the Duma and oligarchs such as Roman Abramovich, Mikhail Fridman or Petr Aven — and 118 entities are currently subject to asset freezes and bans on entering the EU.

An “infrastructure” site

An “infrastructure” site in Kyiv was hit by a bombardment on Wednesday, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, shortly after a series of explosions heard by AFP journalists in the capital.

“An infrastructure site was hit. Stay in the shelters,” the mayor wrote on Telegram, without giving further details. According to an AFP journalist, just after a series of explosions, a northern district of kyiv was left without electricity.

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