On Wednesday, the Parliament of Latvia declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
The parliament said on its official website that the country recognizes Moscow as a sponsor of terrorism state and urged the other countries “to express the same view.”
The parliament also urged the EU to stop issuing tourist visas for Russian and Belarusian citizens and to cut down on entry visas in general.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned he was grateful for the Latvian parliament’s resolution.
“Ukraine encourages other states and organizations to follow suit,” Kuleba tweeted.
MPs said they considered “Russia’s violence against civilians committed in pursuit of political aims as terrorism.”
They also condemned its use of cluster munitions “to sow fear and indiscriminately kill civilians.”
Moscow “uses suffering and intimidation as tools in its attempts to demoralize the Ukrainian people and armed forces and paralyze the functioning of the state in order to occupy Ukraine,” the statement said.
It said Russia’s invasion was carried out “with the support and involvement of the Belarusian regime” and called on the international community to impose on Belarus the same sanctions adopted against Russia.