Russia will lose soft power after being recognized as sponsor of terrorism, Ukrainian officials says
Mikhaylo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)
After being recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, Russia will lose its influence on the elites of other countries, adviser to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Nov. 22. The European Parliament has recently agreed the text for a draft resolution that brands Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
Podolyak said he is convinced that EU countries will support the resolution and make an "absolutely pro-Ukrainian decision."
“Reputationally, this will have an extremely negative impact on Russia, because a country that is a sponsor of terrorism cannot be, for example, a sponsor of cultural, sports, or political events,” Podolyak said.
“And for Russia, this is a key tool for influencing foreign elites.”
He added that there are "very few" countries in Europe that might oppose the resolution or want to abstain from the vote in the European Parliament.
On Nov. 21, NATO Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a terrorist state.
On Oct. 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution that supports Ukraine and recognizes the current Russian regime as a terrorist one.
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