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War with Russia – In Latvia, the Russian military was compared to ISIS militants

The EU must recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, resuming calls for further isolation of Moscow on the international stage. Rinkevics also compared the military of the Russian Federation with the militants of the “Islamic State”, reports Politico.

“We see all the brutality of the Russian forces, which indeed in many ways resemble ISIS, which we have always called a terrorist organization. Let’s call a spade a spade,” said Rinkevics.

The Latvian Foreign Minister added that Europe should redouble its efforts to isolate Russia.

“The only way to move forward is to strengthen the current strategy, which is to support Ukraine, to increase military assistance,” he said.

The minister also called for the confiscation of Russian assets and appealed to EU countries to limit the issuance of visas for Russians, except for humanitarian reasons.

“Society needs to feel it. If we condemn countries like Iran, Russia is no different,” Rinkevics said, arguing that most Russians support the Kremlin’s policies.

The Ukrainian government has already asked Western partners to recognize Russia as a “terrorist state.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that “the world sees the truth” and “there must be legal steps on the part of the world community against a terrorist state.”

Read also: The US House of Representatives will also consider the recognition of the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism, the bill has been published

Earlier it was reported that the US Congress will set criteria for recognition of the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism.

July 27 The Senate adopted a resolution calling for the recognition of the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism for the aggression against Ukraine, Georgia and Chechnya and the death of a huge number of people.

However, according to the NYT, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has not yet made a final decision. Blinken believes that rather tough sanctions are already in place against the aggressor, and this status will not allow increasing pressure.

Should Ukraine seek international recognition of Russia as a terrorist state? Or maybe better as a state sponsor of terrorism? What is the difference between these terms and is it worth it for Ukraine to spend time and energy on this direction of the fight against the Russian Federation? Read in the article Gunduza Mammadova “How can we properly punish Russia”.

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