Russia warns of consequences if US considers it a state sponsor of terrorism

A Russian official warned that relations with Washington could cross the threshold of no return if the US Congress declares Russia a “sponsor of terrorism”.

“I will not make hypothetical predictions in the current uncertain situation, when the US-led West is trampling on international law and implementing taboos in the rules of diplomacy,” Alexander said. Darchiev, director of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on August 12 when asked about the possibility of the country downgrading diplomatic relations with the United States.

He also warned of severe consequences for Moscow-Washington relations if the US declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

The headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.  Photo: RIA Novosti.

The headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the capital Mosvka in 2020. Photo: RIA Novosti.

“I would like to refer to the idea being discussed in the US Congress to designate Russia as a ‘sponsor of terrorism.’ If passed, Washington will cross a line of no return, with serious consequences. such as downgrading or completely cutting off diplomatic relations. We have warned the US side,” Darchiev added.

US officials have not commented on the information.

The remarks came a week after two US senators called on the administration of President Joe Biden to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism in response to the military campaign in Ukraine, stressing that they would push the country to become a state sponsor of terrorism. The US Congress passed a bill to classify Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, whether or not with the support of the President of the White House.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal and Republican Lindsey Graham also called on Biden to increase pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin and continue to support Ukraine in the hostilities.

Latvia’s parliament on August 11 declared Russia a “sponsor of terrorism”, and called on like-minded countries to express similar views. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the decision was completely baseless and part of a protracted campaign against Russia.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the end of February with the goal of “de-militarization, de-fascistization”. Washington and the West condemned the campaign and imposed a series of broad-based sanctions on Moscow. Ukraine has repeatedly called on countries to list Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has not shown any signs of abating even though it has entered its sixth month. Negotiations between the two countries have stalled since late March, with both Moscow and Kiev blaming each other for making negotiations impossible.

Vu Anh (Theo Reuters)

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