Poland’s Sejm declares Russia state terrorism sponsor

15 December 2022, 01:28 AM
The resolution was adopted by a majority of 231 votes (Photo:instagram.com/p/CmKmIyiLSqU/)

The resolution was adopted by a majority of 231 votes (Photo:instagram.com/p/CmKmIyiLSqU/)

The Polish Sejm – the lower house of Poland’s parliament – has adopted a resolution that recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Polish news agency PAP reported on Dec. 14. The final document also holds Moscow responsible for the 2010 Smolensk tragedy, in which Poland’s political elite died in a plane crash in Russia.

The resolution was carried by 231 votes in favor, while 226 MPs, including opposition parties, abstained. It calls Russia’s aggression against Ukraine a “gross violation” of the UN Charter and Ukrainian “sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity.”

“The Russian Federation must be isolated on the international arena,” the document reads.

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The text places “direct responsibility” on Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Donbas in 2014, as well as “the crash of the Polish Air Force Flight 101 in Smolensk in April 2010, which killed 96 people on board, including the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, Polish government officials, senior Polish and NATO military commanders, and members of the Polish parliament.”

“The Russian military is carrying out attacks throughout the territory of the invaded country, in which thousands of people, including many children, have died,” the document says.

“The Russian Federation and its armed structures and formations commit acts of terror against civilian infrastructure, mass executions and abductions, sexual violence and torture, tearing children away from their families in order to subject them to Russification, mass deportations of the population, forced conscription of Ukrainian citizens to Russian armed forces, and theft of property. Russia repeatedly violates the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War.”

On Oct. 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution supporting Ukraine and recognizing the Russian regime as a terrorist one.

On Nov. 21, NATO Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a terrorist state.

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