What does the EU Parliament’s designation of Russia as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ mean? — RT World News

The European Parliament’s non-binding decision is a PR effort rooted in political agenda

On Wednesday, members of the European Parliament adopted a decision naming Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. The transfer follows a comparable NATO parliamentary committee vote simply two days earlier, in response to calls for from the Ukrainian delegation. 

With NATO, there might have been no different consequence, on condition that the bloc has been justifying its continued post-Chilly Warfare existence by continuously enjoying up the must counter Moscow. And can be redundant with out the promotion of a “Russian risk.”

However what precisely is the European Parliament’s endgame? 

The bloc doesn’t even have an precise “state sponsor of terrorism” designation, and the decision factors that out. “The EU maintains a listing of individuals, teams and entities concerned in terrorist acts that are topic to sanctions however the present authorized framework, in contrast to these of international locations such as the United States and Canada, does not present for the designation of a state as a sponsor of terrorism,” one of its strains reads. The decision will not be legally binding, and Russia has already been hit with an unprecedented quantity of sanctions, with extra being added on continuously. So, what does Brussels hope to perform, past including to a Western-led PR effort to conflate “Russia” and “terrorism” in the minds of the public?

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The Parliament has spent the previous few years – lengthy earlier than the Ukraine battle went pink scorching – referring to Russia alongside precise terrorist teams like ISIS. “Propaganda strain on the EU from Russia and Islamic terrorist organisations is rising, say International Affairs Committee MEPs in a decision,” Strasbourg introduced again in October 2016, for instance. It’s a notably egregious commingling of “terrorism,” “ISIS,” and “Russia,” since Moscow at the time was at the very forefront of the battle in opposition to the Islamic State hotbed in Syria at the invitation of President Bashar Assad, in the wake of Washington’s coaching and equipping of “Syrian rebels,” some of whom ended up becoming a member of an precise jihadist group: Al Qaeda. 

Wednesday’s decision inverts that historical past by labeling the authorities of Syria as the terrorists. “Russia has supported and financed terrorist regimes and organisations, notably the Assad regime in Syria, to which Russia has provided arms and in whose defence it has carried out deliberate assaults on the Syrian civilian inhabitants,” based on the decision. 

Equally, the EU had a complete eight years to denounce the Western coaching, equipping, and funding of Azov fighters – precise non-state violent actors in Ukraine, beforehand described as “neo-Nazis” by the Western press – earlier than they have been folded into the Ukrainian military and rebranded as freedom fighters in opposition to Russia. Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna even identified again in 2018 that, for years, the US congressional funding invoice had been stripped of language banning the provide of American weapons and funding to “a controversial ultranationalist militia in Ukraine that has brazenly accepted neo-Nazis into its ranks.” 

Whereas the EU has didn’t do something to forestall or cease the battle – as an illustration, by refusing to chop off its personal low cost vitality provide from Russia and insisting as an alternative that Kiev and its major benefactor, Washington, work issues out with Moscow – the decision doubles down on the EU officers’ anti-Russian rhetoric. “Russia’s try and leverage vitality exports as a device of geopolitical coercion quantities to utilizing vitality provides as a weapon,” it reads, ignoring the proven fact that it’s EU officers who’ve been bragging about reducing off their very own vitality provide “for Ukraine.”

“The harm to the Nord Stream 1 and a pair of pipelines on 26 September 2022 resulted in main fuel leaks in the Baltic Sea, which additionally constitutes an environmental assault on the EU,” the decision additionally says, implying with out proof that it was indisputably Russia who blew up its personal vitality infrastructure slightly than, say, Western pursuits searching for to safe EU dependency on their very own fuel gross sales.

EU country brands Russia a ‘terrorist regime’

The bloc-level decision is non-binding, that means it’s largely a symbolic transfer. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly rejected calls from Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to pin a comparable designation on Russia. So has US President Joe Biden, who admitted that the transfer might backfire with implications for America’s assist of Ukrainian fighters.

America’s personal previous use of the ‘terrorism’ designation tends to align conveniently with its personal foreign-policy agenda. The Iranian Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MeK) opposition group was conveniently delisted from Washington’s official listing of terrorist organizations round the time that a number of high-profile US officers began visiting the group whereas speaking up Iranian regime change. When former President Donald Trump was making an attempt to say a victory in securing Center East peace along with his Abraham Accords, he dangled the carrot of a terror-sponsoring state delisting in entrance of Sudan if it made good with Israel. Cuba was taken off the listing by former President Barack Obama as he pursued a coverage of normalization with Havana, however Trump reinstated the designation, interesting to his voter base.

So now it’s apparently the EU’s flip to abuse the ‘terrorism’ label and deflect consideration from the bloc’s personal poor selections, below which its residents proceed to endure.

The statements, views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of the creator and don’t essentially signify these of RT.

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