The NATO Parliamentary Assembly designated the Russian Federation a terrorist state and called for the creation of a special international tribunal to punish the Russian criminals.
All 30 NATO countries supported proposals of the Ukrainian delegation. This was reported by Yehor Cherniev, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the NATO PA.
‘Such a tribunal could make it possible to convict not only the direct perpetrators of war crimes but also the top leadership of the Russian Federation. The resolution will be sent to governments and parliaments of all NATO countries’, Mr.Cherniev informed.
In addition, other wishes were taken into account in the resolution:
- To increase arms supplies to Ukraine;
- To develop specific steps regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO;
- To establish a mechanism for collecting reparations from the Russian Federation for damages caused to Ukraine.
The delegates also especially noted that the Ukrainian army would definitely strengthen NATO, and therefore Ukraine’s membership was desirable and important for the Alliance itself.
“The resolution, also on our initiative, has established the principle that NATO will support Ukraine as long as necessary. The adoption of this resolution is an important political step that reflects the positions in Western parliamentary circles, and therefore influences the leadership of countries in decision-making. It is also very gratifying that the Ukrainian position, such as the creation of a tribunal, the payment of reparations, or the recognition of Russia as a terrorist state, is gradually becoming a mainstream at the highest international platforms. For crimes against humanity, war crimes that do not have a statute of limitations, and for the crime of aggression, punishment will be inevitable. We will do achieve this’, the Head of Ukraine’s permanent delegation to the NATO PA pointed out.
On April 14, the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament of Ukraine) is known to have recognized Russia as a terrorist state, banned the symbols used by the Russian military in the war against Ukraine, and the propaganda of the Russian neo-Nazi totalitarian regime.
On October 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution calling the Russian Federation a terrorist regime. PACE became the first international organization to recognize Russia as a terrorist state.