The declaration of Russia by the European Parliament “as a State promoter of terrorism and as a State that uses terrorist means” follows point by point the guidelines set by the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskywhose strategy of total confrontation with Moscow, although legitimate as the leader of an invaded country, marks from Kiev the sound that Europe follows in this crisis.
The proclamation of the European Parliament, even though it is symbolic, removes all possibility of peace negotiations in which Brussels plays a leading role, despite the increasing involvement of European countries in the war, with weapons donated to Ukraine, economic assistance for Kiev and training on European soil for Ukrainian troops fighting Russian forces .
The non-binding document approved by the European Parliament stresses that this classification of Russia as a state “promoter of terrorism” It is based on the aggression of the Russian armed forces against Ukrainian civilians, with murder, torture, rape and mass deportation, as well as the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international law. Such actions, the statement said, “constitute acts of terror against the Ukrainian population and war crimes.”
The parliamentary meeting took place a few hours after meeting the death of a newborn in a Russian bombardment in Zaporiya and a dozen more people in other missile attacks. In addition, large areas of Kiev and other Ukrainian cities were left in the dark and without water due to the destruction of critical infrastructures under the impact of Russian projectiles in one of the hardest days of the war unleashed by Russia on February 24.
Zelensky: “The terrorist state continues to attack civilians and civilian facilities”
“The terrorist state continues to attack civilians and civilian facilities,” Zelenski said when the first data on fatalities in the Russian attacks on Wednesday, before the vote on the declaration in the European Parliament. The resolution of the European Parliament was adopted by 494 votes in favour, 58 against and 44 abstentions.
Zelenski, satisfied because Europe listens to him
“Russia must be isolated at all levels and must be held accountable to put an end to its long-standing policy of terrorism,” Zelensky said on Twitter after the document was released. The classification of Russia as a terrorist state was one of the demands that he had been demanding since the beginning of the war the Ukrainian leader in all international forums to which he was invited.
European Parliament statement repeats Ukrainian demands
Zelensky had demanded that international isolation of Russia and its expulsion from the UN institutions in which Moscow participates, such as the Security Council. The European Parliament statement repeats the Ukrainian demands and calls on the European Union and its member states “to take measures to initiate complete international isolation of the Russian Federation,” including “Russia’s membership in international organizations and bodies such as the Council of United Nations Security”.
The statement also calls on EU countries to reduce their diplomatic relations with Moscow and with official Russian representatives “to the strictly necessary minimum.” This direction was already pointed out by the most Russophobic countries of the European Union, such as Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia or Estoniawhose national Parliaments have already declared Russia a State promoter of terrorism, in addition to also classifying the Russian Government as a terrorist.
This isolation demanded by the European Parliament is not restricted to the political sphere, but also cultural and scientific, for instance. Thus, it demands that the Member States of the European Union “close and prohibit Russian institutions linked to the State, such as the Russian centers of science and culture and the organizations and associations of the Russian diaspora, which operate under the auspices and leadership of Russian diplomatic missions and promote Russian state propaganda around the world.”
If these recommendations of the European Parliament are followed to the letter, from now on, Dostoevsky and Stravinsky could be considered promoters of Russian propaganda and terrorism.
War or anti-terrorist operation against Russia?
Nine months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin disguised the war as euphemistically a “special military operation” in order to get the support of the Russian population for this unjustified attack on Ukraine.
Now, the declaration of the European Parliament of this November 23, if taken literally, would turn the war in Ukraine into a similar counterterrorism operation, for example, to the one carried out by the United States and NATO in Afghanistan. It is, of course, a symbolic step taken by the European Parliament, since the European Union has no real power to legally and internationally reply to Russian “terrorism”.
The European Parliament requests a regulation so that the EU draws up a list of terrorist countries, headed by Russia, and punishes them
This is one of the most important aspects of the declaration, as the European Union and its member countries are urged to develop “a legal framework for the designation of States as promoters of terrorism and States that use terrorist means.” The objective would be to activate “restrictive measures” against those countries.
Immediately the Council of the EU is asked to inaugurate that list with Russia and that the partners of the Union do the same. The EU has lists of individual terrorists and terrorist organizations, but not from states accused of terrorism.
The statement calls for “renewed support for ongoing independent investigations into Russia’s war crimes and crimes against humanity” and advocates “the creation of a special court to deal with the crime of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”
Nervousness in Europe before the first signs of popular rejection of the war
The text of the European Parliament also wants to come out of the way of the first symptoms of fatigue that the crisis derived from the war is causing in Europe. The rejection is stronger in eastern and central Europe, in countries like Hungary, Bulgaria or Slovakia, but in Germany, on the verge of recession, the effects of the war are raising greater skepticism every day regarding European participation in the conflict. .
A survey carried out in Germany in October indicated that 40% of the inhabitants of that country believed that NATO had provoked Russia into invading Ukraine. That percentage rose to 59% in the answers offered in the regions that once belonged to communist Germany.
On November 5, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Rome in favor of peace, calling for an end to arms shipments to Ukraine. Days before, on October 29, Prague was the scene of a massive protest against the support of the Czech government, with weapons and money, for the Ukrainian cause.
Victory is far away for both sides
Military spending increases in countries that support Ukraine with arms at the worst economic moment
The arrival of winter in Ukraine, the Russian destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure (there is practically not a single intact power supply facility in the country) and the continuing fighting in Donbas, without victory going to anyone, offer bad prospects for those who bet on a conflict with a quick solution, on both sides. Meanwhile, military spending increases in countries that support Ukraine with arms at the worst economic moment, with the massive closure of companies due to high fuel prices and the announcement of restrictions on the use of heating in a winter that is guess raw.
Despite everything, the thesis that the Brussels information cabinets continue to sell to European public opinion, and which is raising more and more doubts, is that Russia is too weak to prevail on the battlefield. However, the Russian defense lines are being reinforced and even the much-vaunted Ukrainian victory in Kherson, due to the withdrawal of the Kremlin troops, is now being seen with more calm and less triumphalism when verifying that a large part of the Russian forces that were there stationed are being redirected to combat zones.
and although Russian mass bombings are seen as war crimes by European leaders, are also a military setback for the Ukrainian government, whose soldiers now have to care for thousands of refugees.
If Ukraine had a notable advantage in its September counter-offensive, the positional war could now be won by Russia, entrenched east of the Dnieper River and in Donbas, from where it can bomb Ukrainian hydroelectric, thermal and water plants at will.
Recently the chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of StaffGeneral Mark Milley said that the front lines east of Kharkov or in southern Kherson “are stabilizing” and that it seemed very difficult for Ukraine to recapture the 20 percent of its territory that is still under the Russian boot, unless, for some reason, “the Kremlin army collapses, which doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”
In such circumstances, when the only solution could be to start negotiating a ceasefire that, inevitably, implies the ceding of Ukrainian territory to Russia, as predicted by Milley, movements such as that of the European Parliament are not surprising. in a diplomatic leap without a net which is likely to be greeted with a skeptical smile in the Kremlin.