Russia will respond to the resolution of the European Parliament, which decided to recognize the Russian Federation as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Vedomosti.
“This is from the category of medicine. Today, we will publish material on the entire complex of this information and political campaign, a commentary by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation [Олега] Syromolotov, which is now being prepared. It will provide a complete picture of what the West is doing in this direction,” she said.
November 23 European Parliament accepted resolution on the recognition of Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”. The document, which is advisory in nature, was supported by 494 MEPs, 58 voted against, and 44 abstained.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov refused to comment on the resolution of the European Parliament. “I have no medical education [чтобы оценивать эти действия]", - declared he is on the air of the TV channel "Russia 1".
“The resolution of the European Parliament on the “state sponsor of terrorism” does not give rise to any legal consequences for Russia,” wrote Konstantin Kosachev, Vice Speaker of the Federation Council, on his Telegram channel.
The EU does not have legal mechanisms for recognizing Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”, spoke "Vedomosti" lawyer and partner of the law firm NSP Sergei Glandin. There have been no such examples in EU practice yet.
In 2001, the Common Position of the Council of the EU was adopted on the application of measures to combat terrorism against specific individuals and organizations and the corresponding regulation, which assumes that EU legal entities and individuals must block the accounts of terrorist organizations. "That's all that [сейчас] there is a whole mechanism for combating international terrorists. But it concerns only individuals and organizations, but not the state as a whole,” Glandin noted.