The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday adopted a final declaration naming Russia as a state sponsor of the Wagner terrorist group.
This was stated by a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the OSCE PA, deputy of the faction “Servant of the People” Yevgenia Kravchuk, reports Yevropeyska Pravda.
The final document of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Vancouver states, in particular, that the actions of the private military company Wagner were carried out on behalf of the Russian government and can be “rightly described as terrorist”.
It is also noted that OSCE member states should take action against the Wagner Group and its affiliated and successor companies, in particular by declaring them a terrorist organization.
In addition, the declaration “calls on member states to strengthen international norms that clearly recognize the terrorist nature of the Wagner Group and its actions” and “the responsibility of Russia as a state sponsor of this terrorist organization”.
According to Kravchuk, this is the first time such wording has been enshrined in an official document of an international organization.
Earlier, Russia was recognized as a terrorist state by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and a resolution to this effect was adopted in October 2022.
Today, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the only European organization on security, uniting Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine. Its main task is conflict prevention, peace monitoring and election observation.