Lithuanian Seimas recognizes Russian Wagner as a terrorist organization

Lithuanian Seimas recognizes Russian  Wagner as a terrorist organization
# 14 March 2023 14:49 (UTC +04:00)

The Lithuanian Seimas has adopted a resolution recognizing the Russian private military company Wagner as a terrorist organization, APA reports citing Sky Over.

The resolution adopted on Tuesday states that the Russian private military company Wagner is a terrorist organization, and its members and mercenaries pose a threat to the security of the state and society. At the same time, the Lithuanian parliament strongly condemned the use of any mercenary groups, such as Wagner, created with the support of the Russian authorities, to commit crimes of aggression in Ukraine.

The Seimas resolution was voted unanimously by 117 members of the Seimas.

"Since the beginning of the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation in 2022, the military personnel of the Russian Federation and mercenaries of the private military company Wagner, which is actively involved in hostilities on the side of the aggressor, have been committing systematic grave crimes of aggression - murder and torture of the civilian population of Ukraine, the bombing of residential buildings and other civilian objects - which is equivalent to terrorism," the adopted document says.

The Sejm resolution emphasizes that the private military company Wagner, founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is a shadowy tool of the Russian government.

According to Lauryns Kasciunas, one of the initiators of the resolution, such companies are increasingly being used by Russia in military conflicts. "The just-presented public threat assessment of our Lithuanian intelligence services states that such private military and security companies may be able to conduct limited operations against Lithuania," the politician said.

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