The White House did not rule out classifying Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

Earlier, the Senate called on the Secretary of State to include Russia on the list of sponsors of terrorism, and members of Congress prepared a bill that would allow doing this bypassing the State Department< source srcset=" 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

The US administration is studying the possibility of classifying Russia as a state— sponsors of terrorism, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing (broadcast by CNBC). According to her, Washington is also considering other sanctions.

Jean-Pierre recalled that such decisions are made by the State Department. “We are considering this [measure] along with various other proposals,” — she said.

In July, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned that if Secretary of State Anthony Blinken did not recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, parliament would. The newspaper Politico wrote about this, citing sources. Blinken then stated that the sanctions adopted against Russia already have the same consequences that led to the recognition of her country— sponsor of terrorism.

Now the list of sponsors of terrorism in the United States includes four countries— Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria.

Being on the 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— these measures are included in the list of anti-Russian sanctions. In addition, sanctions are envisaged against other states that maintain trade relations with a sponsor of terrorism.

On July 28, the Senate passed a resolution calling on Blinken to include Russia in the list of such states. The document mentions military operations in Ukraine, as well as the “brute force” that Russia used “against civilians during the Second Chechen War”; and Moscow's support for “separatists in acts of brutality against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass” and some other reasons.

On the same day, Politico reported that Congressmen from the Democratic and Republican parties will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives to officially recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. The authors of the initiative decided that they could make such a decision bypassing the State Department.

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“I think that this is an absolutely ugly action. It is simply immoral to accuse a great neighbor of being a terrorist state. It was Russia that fought international terrorism in the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, and the North Caucasus,” — Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, spoke earlier, commenting on such a decision of the Lithuanian Parliament.

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