Latvia’s parliament branded Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” over the Ukraine conflict on Thursday, calling on Western partners to impose more extensive sanctions on Moscow in order to resolve the conflict.
In a vote, the Baltic nation’s parliament stated, “Latvia recognises Russia’s actions in Ukraine as targeted genocide against the Ukrainian people,”
Western countries should strengthen their military, financial, humanitarian, and diplomatic support for Ukraine, as well as support efforts criticizing Russia’s conduct, it said.
Since Russia’s incursion in February, millions of Ukrainians have left their homes, and many have been slain.
Moscow claims that it does not intentionally target civilians in its “special military operation” aimed at ensuring Russia’s security and protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, expressed gratitude for the Latvian parliament’s resolution.
“Ukraine encourages other states and organizations to follow suit,” Kuleba said on Twitter.