Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) consider it necessary to declare Russia a terrorist regime and the Russian Federation a state supporting terrorism, and want the members of the Riigikogu to initiate a relevant draft statement.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson said that the Parliament of Ukraine had called on other countries and international organisations to declare Russia a country supporting terrorism, and in the opinion of the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Estonia should respond to this proposal. “In our Committee, we have unanimously agreed that it is necessary to prepare a draft statement to declare Russia a terrorist regime and the Russian Federation a state supporting terrorism. We must also strongly condemn its activities, including organising of sham referendums in Ukraine,” he explained.
Mihkelson added that the political groups of the Riigikogu would continue working with the text of the draft statement this week, with the aim of having the draft ready for proceedings in the Riigikogu in the week after the next. A draft statement of the Riigikogu can be initiated by not less than one-fifth of the members of the Riigikogu or at least 21 members of the Riigikogu.
This year, the members of the Riigikogu have already issued three Statements to condemn the activities of Russia and express support to Ukraine: on 18 January, the Estonian Parliament adopted the Statement in Support of the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine, initiated by 28 members of the Riigikogu; on 23 February, the Statement on the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, initiated by 86 members of the Riigikogu, and on 21 April, the Statement on the War Crimes and Genocide Committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, initiated by 84 members of the Riigikogu.
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