Estonia’s parliament declares Russia a ‘terrorist regime’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

Eighty-eight members of the 101-seat legislature voted to pass the measure after neighboring Latvia and Lithuania took similar steps.

Estonian lawmakers adopted a statement declaring Russia a “terrorist regime” and condemning annexation of four Ukrainian territories.

Of the 101 MPs, 88 on Tuesday voted in favor, 10 abstained and 3 abstained.

The parliament “declares Russia a terrorist regime and the Russian Federation a supporter of terrorism,” the statement said.

Russian President Vladimir “Putin, with his threats of nuclear attack, has made Russia the greatest danger to peace both in Europe and around the world,” it said.

Putin, who at the end of February sent troops into neighboring Ukraine for the second time, has multiple warnings Western countries argue that any attack on Russia could trigger a nuclear reaction. This month, the Russian president also signed a law admitting the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia into Russia after referendum denounced as a “fake” by Ukraine and its allies with no legal consequences.

The Estonian parliament also said it considers the “defining of the armed forces of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk The People’s Republics established by the Russian Federation as well as the private military company Wagner are terrorist organizations”.

The parliament in neighboring Latvia declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” in August, accusing Moscow of “having genocidal goals against the Ukrainian people”. Lithuania passed a similar resolution in May.

Sergei Tsekov, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament, warned that Russia will take “retaliatory measures that will show Latvia’s position and will be quite painful”. That could include restrictions on transit, he said in comments by state news agency RIA Novosti in August.

The Baltic states, which have spent nearly five decades under Soviet occupation, are among Ukraine’s most pro-Ukrainian and fiercest critics of Putin’s government.


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