Latvian Parliament on Thursday, 11 August, announced Russia is the sponsor of terrorism. It is reported area sejm
In the press release, “Deputies adopted a statement stating that the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine are “terrorism and they recognize Russia as a country that supports terrorism.”
Members of the Latvian Parliament “strongly condemn the military aggression and large-scale invasion of Ukraine with the support of the Belarusian regime” and therefore “urge the Euro-Atlantic community and its partners to urgently strengthen and impose comprehensive sanctions against Russia,” the text states.
“Russia, as the largest supplier of weapons to the Assad regime in Syria and as the perpetrator in the poisoning or murder of the Skripal family, has directly and indirectly supported and financed terrorist regimes and organizations in various ways for many years. The MH-17 aircraft,” says Seimas Rihards Kols’ Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission.
Parliament also called on EU countries to immediately suspend the issuance of visas to Russians and Belarusians.
How did Moscow react?
Moscow has already called for retaliatory measures. “First of all, it is necessary to condemn the actions of the deputies (Leton Seimas – socialbites.ca) on different platforms. Well, we have a lot of economic leverage for this state, which is a vassal of one of the overseas countries, to feel uncomfortable in this world,” he said. “socialbites.ca” First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Andrey Krasov
“I believe that the harshest diplomatic and economic measures should be taken in response to the outspoken rude behavior of Latvian parliamentarians,” said State Duma deputy Oleg Morozov.
Sergei Tsekov, Member of the Federation Council International Committee, pointed out that Moscow should take “painful” measures, “showing that Latvia is in place”. DEA News”. According to the senator, first of all, it is necessary to accept economic restrictions, in particular, to prohibit the passage of goods through the territory of Russia.
He briefly commented on the situation on Smolenskaya Square. “Given that there is nothing but animal xenophobia in this decision, it is necessary to call ideologists nothing but neo-Nazis,” said Maria Zakharova, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Who has already accused Russia of terrorism…
Recall that in May Lithuania recognized Russia as a “country that carries out terrorism” – then the Seimas unanimously voted down for the adoption of the relevant decision Special military operation in Ukraine.
In Vilnius, they saw the actions of the Russian Federation as a genocide against the Ukrainian population, and also called on the world community to create a special criminal court that would consider and deal with “Russian aggression”.
According to the Lithuanian side, such a court should be able to issue an international arrest warrant and the immunity of the authorities should not be limited to immunity.
“The Russian Federation, which has chosen civilian targets to deliberately and systematically bombard the armed forces, is a state that supports and carries out terrorism,” the Sejm said in a statement.
…and who else is planning to do it
In July, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi told Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Congress recognizes If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuses to take such a step, Russia becomes a sponsor of terrorism.
Inclusion of a country in the list of state sponsors of terrorism requires strict restrictions on interacting with it. Exports of defense goods are banned, control over the export of dual-use products is tightened, fiscal bans and other sanctions are imposed. Penalties may also be imposed on third countries that trade with a state sponsor of terrorism.
“There is no doubt that the Russians are terrorizing the Ukrainians,” Blinken previously said.
However, he added that questions remain about the legal justification for such recognition. “Our legal counsel’s office is assessing whether there are legal criteria for considering Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism in the case with Ukraine. That’s being evaluated,” Blinken said.