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France: European Parliament votes to recognise Russia as 'state sponsor of terrorism'02:02

France: European Parliament votes to recognise Russia as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

France, Strasbourg
November 23, 2022 at 12:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Parliament members voted on Wednesday to declare Russia 'a state sponsor of terrorism', in a plenary session held in Strasbourg.

"We move on the resolution on recognising the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. There is a joint motion for a resolution tabled by three groups," explained Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

The vote brought together three different motions from Renew Europe, the European Conservatives and Reformists group and the European People’s Party.

494 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 58 against and 44 abstentions.

It is a non-binding decision, but calls for member states to develop new legal powers to designate countries as sponsors of terrorism, which is currently not possible under the current framework.

Four EU countries have also designated Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland - although the US has refused to do so.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he welcomed the decision, claiming that Russia "must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe".

Moscow has not yet responded to the action, although Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov previously said "the very formulation of the issue is monstrous" and praised US President Joe Biden for resisting the policy.

The European Parliament also used the session to approve the budget for 2023.

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European Parliament members voted on Wednesday to declare Russia 'a state sponsor of terrorism', in a plenary session held in Strasbourg.

"We move on the resolution on recognising the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. There is a joint motion for a resolution tabled by three groups," explained Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

The vote brought together three different motions from Renew Europe, the European Conservatives and Reformists group and the European People’s Party.

494 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 58 against and 44 abstentions.

It is a non-binding decision, but calls for member states to develop new legal powers to designate countries as sponsors of terrorism, which is currently not possible under the current framework.

Four EU countries have also designated Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland - although the US has refused to do so.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he welcomed the decision, claiming that Russia "must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe".

Moscow has not yet responded to the action, although Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov previously said "the very formulation of the issue is monstrous" and praised US President Joe Biden for resisting the policy.

The European Parliament also used the session to approve the budget for 2023.