The NATO PA resolution, the text of which was published on the alliance’s website, also refers to the need to establish a special international tribunal for Russian aggression. The document was adopted unanimously.
The rest of the text is below the video.
On Monday the NATO PA also elected a new president for next year, Joel Garriat-Maylam. Shortly after her election, the Frenchwoman condemned Russia’s war with Ukraine and praised the Ukrainian nation for defending Western values.
He insisted that Western allies had not heeded the warnings of their Eastern partners before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine.
“The Russian leaders are behaving like real terrorists, showing unprecedented barbarity, attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure. We must act, and they must be judged as terrorists before international courts,” said the new head of the NATO PA.
“We as NATO parliamentarians must support Ukraine and its people. Those who show courage and resilience on a daily basis in the service of freedom, democracy and sovereignty,” he added.
Five vice presidents were also elected in the assembly. They are Zaida Cantera from Spain, Nicu Falcoi from Romania, Kevan Jones from Great Britain, Linda Sanchez from the USA and Michał Szczerba from Poland.
Last week, the European Parliament’s political groups reached agreement on the text of a draft resolution on recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The war in Ukraine was the main topic of the 68th session of the NATO General Assembly, which took place from Friday to Monday. The session was attended by 269 parliamentarians from 30 allied countries and representatives of associated and observer countries including Ukraine, Finland and Sweden.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an institution independent of the Alliance’s structures. ZP’s work is suggestive. They are intended to strengthen relations between member states, ensure interaction between NATO and national parliaments, and improve parliamentary scrutiny of defense policy.
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