The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has recognized the Russian Federation and its regime as a terrorist state.
The relevant resolution was unanimously adopted at the annual session in Madrid, according to MP Yehor Cherniev, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the NATO PA and Chairman of Ukraine’s permanent delegation to the Assembly.
“Today, we will adopt a resolution that calls on all allies to clearly identify the Russian Federation and its current regime as a terrorist organization,” the NATO PA President Gerry Connolly said before the vote.
The resolution also calls for the establishment of a special tribunal to bring Russia’s regime to justice for its heinous war crimes.
“We also call on our governments to take the next steps towards Ukraine’s accession to NATO. We have repeatedly stressed that we will not recognize any illegal attempts by Russia to annex sovereign territories of Ukraine,” Connolly added.
Cherniev noted that the tribunal will allow convicting of not only the direct perpetrators of war crimes, but also the top leadership of the Russian Federation.
“The adoption of this resolution is an important political step that reflects the mood in Western parliamentary circles, and therefore influences the leadership of countries in decision-making,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to Cherniev, the resolution also contains other propositions made by the Ukrainian delegation such as:
- increasing arms supplies to Ukraine;
- developing concrete steps regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO;
- creating a mechanism for collecting reparations from Russia for the war damage inflicted on Ukraine.
"If we [can't make Georgia & Ukraine NATO members], we should at least provide them with significant support. If there's any lesson from Ukraine, it's that we should have supported Ukraine more &earlier… We could have done more before the invasion" – @jensstoltenberg at NATO PA pic.twitter.com/cO5pOQ9teX
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) November 21, 2022
The European Parliament on November 23 will vote for a resolution in which Russia will be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism.
On October 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously adopted a resolution designating the Russian Federation as a terrorist regime. PACE became the first international organization to recognize Russia as a terrorist state.
A number of parliaments of European countries, including the Senate of Poland and the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, have decided to recognize the authorities of the Russian Federation as a terrorist regime.