Ukraine calls for Russia to be classified as a ‘sponsor of terrorism’

Kiev supports the conclusion of an international commission that Russia should be designated a “sponsor of terrorism”, calling for an expansion of the wave of sanctions against Moscow.

On September 29, Ukraine’s chief of staff to the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak praised the existing sanctions, but said that they did not bring decisive effects. “Money is like water, always finding a way to flow. The West needs to drastically increase sanctions,” he said, calling for Russia to be classified as a “sponsor of terrorism.”

Earlier, an international committee on sanctions made up of lawyers, diplomats and economists reported that Russia should be considered a “state sponsor of terrorism”, according to the legal definition. in US and Canadian law. Among the committee members was Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia.

“The nature of terrorism can be summed up as premeditated politically motivated violence against non-combatant targets,” the report reads.

According to the report, the horrific events in Ukraine “were not the spontaneous acts of rogue elements in the Russian armed forces, but were designed and carried out with the specific purpose of terrorizing the Ukrainian people.” “.

However, committee members conceded that labeling Russia a “sponsor of terrorism” could be counterproductive, risking the destruction of a grain export agreement with Ukraine through the Black Sea.

Russia has not yet commented on the information.

Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to the President of Ukraine, speaks during a national session in Kiev on September 13.  Photo: AFP.

Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to the President of Ukraine, speaks during a national session in Kiev on September 13. Image: AFP.

The US considers North Korea, Syria, Iran and Cuba to be “state sponsors of terrorism”. If the US puts Russia on this list, it could impose secondary sanctions on any organization or individual that supports or deals with Russian government agencies, including state banks. . US citizens and workers can also sue Russia for financial damages or claim material compensation for casualties “caused by acts of terrorism”. Russian citizens entering the US also face higher restrictions.

Kiev and the West have repeatedly accused Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, and pushed for investigative efforts. However, Moscow has repeatedly denied that it committed war crimes or targeted civilians in Ukraine, calling it a “demilitarization, de-fascistization” operation.

On September 5, President Biden answered “no” when asked by a reporter if he supported a proposal to pass a bill that would designate Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”. This is not the most effective and powerful way to hold Russia accountable, the White House explained.

Kremlin Dmitry Peskov then expressed his appreciation for Mr. Biden. In August, Alexander Darchiyev, head of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that if the US passed the bill, it would cross the line of no return, even leading to the severing of relations.

Duc Trung (Theo Guardian)

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