A bill recognizing Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism” will be submitted to the House of Representatives. The authors hope that the Congress will be able to give Moscow this status on its own. The Russian Foreign Ministry called it an idea of an “idiotic nature” “media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/4/34/756590560588344.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
Congressmen from the Democratic and Republican parties of the United States will submit a bill to the House of Representatives officially recognizing Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”, writes Politico newspaper.
The publication notes that the resolution adopted the day before by the US Senate, which calls on Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to recognize Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism”, is non-binding. The authors of the bill, after consulting with experts, believe that Congress can independently take the appropriate decision without the participation of the State Department, “bypassing” him.
“Starting from the date of adoption of this law, the Russian Federation must be qualified as a country whose government is recognized as having repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism,” — said in the text of the document (quote from TASS).
Now four countries have been added to the list of sponsors of terrorism in the United States – Syria (in December 1979), Iran (January 1984), North Korea (November 2017) and Cuba (January 2021).
Getting into this list means strict restrictions on interaction with this state, a ban on the export of defense goods, control over the export of dual-use products, financial and other restrictions. In addition, sanctions are envisaged against other states that maintain trade relations with a sponsor of terrorism.
In late July, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi threatened Blinken that if he did not recognize Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism,” Congress would, Politico reported, citing sources. An unnamed source told the paper that the path would be “obviously more difficult” but that the White House would receive “political cover” to build up economic pressure. In his opinion, there are no legal reasons that would prevent Congress from independently resolving this issue.
The US Senate adopted a resolution on July 28, the document mentions the “brute force” that Russia “used against civilians during the Second Chechen War.” This is also what is said about Russia's support for “separatists in acts of cruelty against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass.” since 2014, the poisoning of the Skripals (the authorities of Western countries blame the Russian special services for involvement in it) and the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine during a special military operation.
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The State Department insists that sanctions against Russia already have the same consequences as recognition as a sponsor of terrorism. According to the representative of the department, Ned Price, in relation to this, “every possible authority is being studied.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the proposal to recognize a sponsor of terrorism as a measure of an “idiotic nature.” “Of course, as you know, we leave nothing unanswered, and they must understand this,” — warned ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in late April. The Kremlin said about the “very negative consequences” such a decision. “On the other hand, it is very difficult to do something that can further damage relations between Russia and America. They are already in an unenviable position,»,— Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
French leader Emmanuel Macron also criticized the proposal, at the end of June he assured that Paris would not support such a decision regarding Moscow.
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