The EU adopted a non-binding resolution on Wednesday.
The non-binding resolution by the EU parliament was supported by 494 members while 58 voted against it, and 44 abstained. The text stressed that Russia’s attacks on “the civilian population of Ukraine and the destruction of civilian infrastructure” amounted to “war crimes” and “acts of terror.” The document also called on Brussels to develop a relevant legal framework allowing it to officially brand entire nations as sponsors of terrorism since it’s currently not possible- which is why the resolution is non-binding.
The u-s responded and said they could not designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism because it does not fit the relevant criteria- also the US has already imposed huge sanctions on Russia. Russia also responded to the resolution- questioning the use of the term “terrorism”, saying quote… “a number of nations representing the ‘collective west’ use such labels as a ‘terrorist state,’ ‘terrorist regime’ or a ‘state sponsor of terrorism to designate those nations they consider ‘unwelcome’ and not fitting their warped perceptions of democracy”.