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Latvian parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Latvia's parliament on Thursday declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism in response to targeted military attacks on civilians and public spaces

Lativa's unicameral parliament, Saima, approved a resolution noting that Russia has supported and financed terrorist regimes and organizations for years.

Saima blamed Moscow's support for Syria's Assad regime, which shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, and the 2018 poisoning of British intelligence agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter. given as an example.

{10 Saima's statement said that just as Russia uses "inaccurate and internationally banned weapons and ammunition against civilians, so too are the ruthless, immoral and illegal tactics in Ukraine." ', he said. He also cites reports from human rights groups and international observers documenting atrocities committed by Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians "including torture, rape, killing and mass detention of civilians."

A Latvian parliamentarian said Russia was "using pain and intimidation as a means to demoralize the Ukrainian people." They described these acts against civilians as "engaging in the pursuit of political ends as terrorism, committing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, and calling on other like-minded countries to express the same views." I am aware that there is

They also urged the European Union and Western countries to "immediately strengthen and implement comprehensive sanctions against Russia, as well as to immediately suspend the issuance of tourist visas to European Union member states." and to limit the issuance of entry permits.” Among other measures, visas to citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus.

Latvia shares borders with both Russia and Belarus.

Russia will not deliberately target civilians in what it calls "special military operations" aimed at safeguarding Russian security and protecting Russian-speaking people in Ukraine. claims.

Reuters reported that Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleva thanked the Latvian parliament for the resolution.

Some information in this report was provided by Reuters.