Putin’s trip goes awry with angry protests and awkward photoshoots



The European Parliament held a non-binding vote resolution Russia as “state sponsor of terrorism’ on Wednesday, just 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 committed by the Russian Federation against Ukrainian civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terrorism against Ukrainians and war. constitutes a crime,” the MP said.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova On Wednesday, the European Parliament countered that it should be designated a “supporter of fools”.

Resistance to Putin is brewing elsewhere, even in countries Russia considers allies. on wednesday, The Russian president was greeted by hundreds of demonstrators In Armenia, they carried burning torches, signs that read “No War”, and the flags of Armenia, Ukraine and the United States.of protestor They gathered in Russia Square and Nzhide Square to urge Armenia to distance itself from Russia, according to the sources. Moscow Times.

Prime Minister of Armenia, Nicole Pashininanalso appeared to be trying to distance himself from Putin on the occasion of a bystander photo op at the meeting. looked like Pashinyan took a selfie with Putin.

Of course, Pashinyan has other reasons to distance himself from Putin. The Armenian prime minister has said in the past that his CSTO, led by Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia this fall.

Pashinyan again expressed frustration at Wednesday’s CSTO meeting. Reuters.

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

Putin only admitted that there were “problems” with the CSTO without elaborating.

Growing Resistance Against Russia Comes Just Like Russia launched an attack in Ukraine on Wednesday, attacking a maternity hospital A newborn baby and three people died in Kyiv, according to Ukrainian officials. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of committing “terrorism and murder” in the wake of the attack.

Zelensky urged Ukraine’s UN ambassador to request a meeting of the UN National Security Council after the Russian strike that hit a maternity hospital on Wednesday.

“Killing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure is an act of terrorism,” Zelensky said Wednesday.

The European Parliament’s website has gone down following the announcement of a terrorist sponsorship in what appears to be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, in which hackers flooded the site with traffic, crippling it. European Parliament President Roberta Mezzola said it was a “cyberattack” claimed by “pro-Kremlin” hackers. A spokesperson said this was his DDoS attack.

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“My answer is Slava Ukraine,” Metsola said on Twitter, repeating a phrase meaning “Glory to Ukraine.”

The suspension reflected Latvia’s experience when it designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism in August. parliament of latvia The website went down in another apparent DDoS attack.

The designation from Europe is largely symbolic, but represents growing opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine. In addition to the European Parliament and Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic have previously passed similar resolutions.

Many members of Congress have urged the Biden administration to also designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, but the United States has so far avoided designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria. .

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