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European lawmakers declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

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General view of the plenary room as the EU Parliament holds a ceremony to pay tribute to late European Parliament President David Sassoli, in Strasbourg, France, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The European Parliament on Wednesday decided to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing Moscow’s military strikes on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violate international law.

The move is largely symbolic, though, as the European Union does not have a legal framework in place to back it up. At the same time, the bloc has already slapped unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.