Putin Trip Goes awry with Angrily Protests and Awkward Photograph Ops


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The European Parliament has voted to make it non-binding resolution to designate Russia a “State sponsor of terror” on Wednesday, just as Vladimir Putin arrived in Yerevan, Armenia, for a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Russia’s collective military alliance.

“The deliberate attacks and atrocities carried out by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terror against the Ukrainian population and constitute war crimes,” the members of parliament said.

Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova retorted Wednesday that the European Parliament should be designated a “sponsor of idiocy.”

Other regions are also seeing resistance to Putin, even countries Russia considers allies. On Wednesday, Hundreds of demonstrators welcomed the Russian president in Armenia, carrying lit torches, signs that said “no to the war,” and Armenian, Ukrainian, and U.S. flags. The Protestors Armenians gathered in Russia Square (Nzhdeh Square) and demanded that Armenia distance itself from Russia. The Moscow Times.

Armenia’s Prime Minister, Nikol PashininanDuring a photo opportunity, too, he appeared to attempt to distance himself form Putin. The behavior appeared to be a far cry from Putin’s last visit to Armenia in 2019, when Pashinyan snapped a photo with Putin

Pashinyan has other reasons to distance him from Putin. The Armenian Prime Minister has expressed dissatisfaction in the past with how the CSTO, headed by Russia, handled a surge of fighting between Armenia and Russia. Armenia and Azerbaijan This fall.

According to Pashinyan’s statement, he also vented frustrations at Wednesday’s CSTO meeting. Reuters.

“It is depressing that Armenia’s membership in the CSTO did not deter Azerbaijan from aggressive actions,” Pashinyan said.

Putin only acknowledged CSTO had “problems” but did not specify what they were.

Russia is facing increasing resistance Russia launched strikes against Ukraine Wednesday, striking a maternity facility According to Ukrainian authorities, the attack resulted in the death of a newborn baby and three children in Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of committing “terror and murder” following the attack.

Zelensky asked the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations to request a meeting of the UN National Security Council following Wednesday’s strikes by Russia, which also hit a maternity ward.

“Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror,” Zelensky said Wednesday.

The European Parliament’s website was down following the terror sponsor announcement in what appeared to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, in which hackers flood a site with traffic so it can no longer function. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said it was a “cyberattack” for which “pro-Kremlin” hackers claimed responsibility. A spokesperson stated that it was a DDoS assault.

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“My response: Slava Ukraini,” Metsola said on Twitter, repeating a phase that means “Glory to Ukraine.”

The interruption had echoes of Latvia’s experience when it designated Russia a state sponsor of terror in August, after which Latvia’s parliament Website was affected by another DDoS attack.

While the designation from Europe is largely symbolic, it represents a growing swell of opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Similar resolutions were also passed previously by the Czech Republic and Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and the European Parliament.

Many members of Congress have been asking the Biden Administration for Russia to be designated as well. However, the United States has sofar resisted the urge to designate Russia a state sponsor or terror. This would place Russia on a list that includes North Korea, Iran and Cuba.

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