The Senate does not give up and puts pressure on the White House: they want to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism
A new bill has been submitted to the upper house of the US Congress. In accordance with it, Russia is qualified as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The United States presented a bill recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism
It was prepared by senators representing both parliamentary parties. Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Lindsey Graham. If the document is adopted, it will allow filing lawsuits in the US courts for Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Introducing the bill, Senator Blumenthal explained its necessity and relevance by killing Ukrainian civilians and other manifestations of cruelty that accompanies the Russian invasion of Ukraine .
The second co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Graham, stressed that the inclusion of Russia in the list of state sponsors of terrorism would be a strong indication of American support for both Kyiv and other US allies. At the same time, according to him, this will allow imposing tough sanctions against Russia.
At the same time, it is not known when the bill will be put to a vote.
Congress and the Biden administration are against recognition
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Congress and the Biden administration are discussing the imposition of sanctions against Russia similar to restrictions imposed on state sponsors of terrorism. The United States about state sponsors of terrorism, but would not like to proclaim Russia as such. There may be unforeseen consequences of the announcement. Such a move could prevent the export of Ukrainian grain from the ports. We believe there are better methods,” Price said.
According to Price, the Biden administration will continue to discuss “similar measures.”
By the way, on September 6, US President Joe Biden stated that the United States would not recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. The White House subsequently explained that this allegedly could have negative consequences.