Biden said Russia should not be considered a state sponsor of terrorism, while Moscow warned the move would sever bilateral ties.
“No,” US President Joe Biden replied on September 5 when asked by a reporter at the White House whether Russia should be considered a state sponsor of terrorism.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the end of February with the goal of “de-militarization, de-fascistization”. Washington and the West condemn the military campaign and have imposed a wide range of sanctions against Moscow. Ukraine has repeatedly called on countries to list Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.
In July, two US congressmen Lindsey Graham, Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, Democrat, urged Congress to pass a bill that would designate Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”. Mr. Graham believes the bill will receive almost absolute support in the Senate.
In early August, the two senators said that President Biden needs to increase pressure on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and continue to support Ukraine.
Alexander Darchiyev, director of the North America Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned on August 12 that if the US Senate considered Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, it would mean that Washington has crossed an irreversible line.
“Passing the bill will cause serious damage to bilateral diplomatic relations, downgrade it and even sever it,” Darchiyev said.
Latvia’s parliament on August 11 declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” and called on its Western allies to impose more sanctions on Moscow. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Latvia’s decision completely baseless and part of a protracted anti-Russian campaign.
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