In a non-binding resolution, the European Parliament classifies Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”

Atlanta, United States (CNN) – In a symbolic move, lawmakers in the European Parliament, Wednesday, recognized Russia as “a state sponsor of terrorism and a state that uses terrorist means,” calling on the European Union to “increase the isolation imposed on Russia internationally.”

According to a press release, the European Parliament took the decision in light of “deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, as well as the destruction of civilian infrastructure, and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law, which amount to acts of terrorism and constitute war crimes.” , according to the statement.

“Since, at present, the European Union cannot formally classify countries as sponsors of terrorism, the European Parliament calls on the European Union and member states to put in place the appropriate legal framework and to consider adding Russia to such a list,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the non-binding resolution was adopted by 494 votes in favor, against 58 who rejected the resolution, while 44 members abstained.

Immediately after its announcement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision, saying on Twitter: “Russia must be isolated at all levels and held responsible in order to end its long-term policy of terror in Ukraine and around the world.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also thanked the European Parliament for its clear position on Twitter.

CNN has contacted the Russian authorities for comment on the European Parliament’s decision.

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