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Poland’s lower house votes to brand Russia 'state sponsor of terrorism'

The resolution was adopted with 231 votes for, while 226 parliamentarians abstained from voting

WARSAW, December 15. /TASS/. The lower house of Poland’s parliament, the Sejm, voted on Wednesday night to declare Russia a country that supports terrorism.

The resolution was adopted with 231 votes in favor of the initiative, while 226 legislators abstained.

"The Sejm of the Republic of Poland recognizes the Russian Federation as a country that supports terrorism and a state that uses means of terrorism," the lower house said in a statement.

According to the resolution, Russia bears "direct responsibility" for the MH17 crash in July 2014 and the crash of a Polish government delegation flight near Smolensk in April 2010.

Poland’s lawmakers adopted the resolution in their second bid. Last week, no voting was held due to a protest by the opposition.

The Sejm’s resolution is symbolic and non-binding. It serves as an opinion expressed on current domestic or foreign affairs, and is not a legal act. As a rule, such resolutions are meant either to support actions by the government or to shine the official spotlight on a certain problem.