Moscow will not label Ukraine "terrorist state"

(MENAFN) Despite "outrageous" violations of international humanitarian law by Kiev, Russia will not identify Ukraine as a "terrorist state," Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told media on Friday. Moscow opposes any ideology that claims a nation can be designated "terrorist," and sees no need to follow the West's "flawed" stance, he added.

The idea of 'state terrorism' is used by the United States and other Western countries to justify interference in the domestic affairs of others, which is a violation of the UN Charter, according to the deputy minister. It is also used to "legitimize their unilateral coercive measures which breach the idea of sovereign equality of all states," according to Syromolotov.

Such unilateral penalties have long been seen "unacceptable" by Russia, according to the senior official.

Terrorism, as a criminal act, always entails the individual criminal responsibility of those engaged in carrying out attacks, according to Syromolotov, who added that only people, not whole nations, can be held guilty in such circumstances. Designating Ukraine, a terrorist state at this time would be "legally unsound," he argued.


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