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Crimean Blackout: Ukraine Should Be Labelled a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Via a vis Ukraine, the time of the carrot has clearly passed - it's time for the stick

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Yegor Kholmogorov is a prominent Russian journalist, part-time politician, editor of the Russian Observer” news website and famous for coining the term “Russian Spring” during the 2014 anti-putsch movements in the Crimea and Donbas.

Originally appeared at Izvestia. Translated by Svetlana Kyrzhaly and Rhod Mackenzie

Downing electricity pylons, then blocking them from repairs can only be described as an act of terrorism. So-called activists of the Right Sector working with Crimean-Tatar “Majlis” cut energy supplies to the Crimea, stopping resuscitation equipment in hospitals, stranding people between floors, lights going off everywhere.

This action, undoubtedly green lighted by Kiev, put the lives of many people at risk, and hence qualifies as an act of terrorism.

Turkey is trying to subvert the Russian military operation in Syria because its support for terrorists gets it cheap oil. The Crimean-Tatar “Majlis” have close ties to Turkish and other Middle Eastern special services. Their aggression against Russian citizens demands a response.

In accordance with Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, any country has the right to defend itself, and nothing says that it can only be used far from a country’s borders. Clearly, Russia must invoke the entire complex of legal and economic counter terrorism measures, starting with the inclusion of "Right Sector" and the “Majlis” in the list of terrorist organizations.
As long as it fails to take any measures against these organizations and other terrorists, Ukraine should be considered as a state sponsoring terrorism. Sanctions against Kiev should not only include the supply of gas, coal and industrial products. Russian companies, especially banks, must stop propping up Ukraine’s finances by doing business as usual.

For more than a year, Russia pursued a carrot policy vis a vis Kiev,  hoping Western sanctions would be lifted. But the sanctions turned out to be such a convenient way of pressuring Moscow that they have been prolonged or renewed, no matter how great our contribution to the fight against international terrorism.
Russian diplomacy should try to get the international community on board with sanctions against Ukraine. It’s in everyone’s interest.


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