The US is preparing to add Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism
The US House of Representatives is discussing a bill to add Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism. It states that the Russian government, under the leadership of dictator Vladimir Putin, "continues to promote acts of international terrorism against political opponents and states".
The text of the document is published on the Public website. It was authored by Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu.
The draft law emphasises that Russia has repeatedly supported non-state terrorist groups before and during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Today, the list of state sponsors of terrorism in the United States includes Syria, the DPRK, Cuba, and Iran. This status allows the United States to impose additional sanctions, a complete embargo on the sale of weapons and dual-use goods, and to deny economic assistance.
It is worth noting that the document on recognising Russia as a sponsor of terrorism was already put to a vote in September 2022.
In May 2023, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken suggested for the first time that the aggressor country Russia could be recognised as a state sponsor of terrorism. This would lead to Moscow's international isolation and force the United States to impose additional restrictions on countries that cooperate with the Kremlin.
It is worth noting that the White House has previously rejected demands to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. They said that this would have tied the hands of the US in its cooperation with Russia and would have blocked all efforts to end Russia's war against Ukraine.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- On the anniversary of the full-scale war in Ukraine, February 24, 2023, Ukraine called on the world's parliaments to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and its actions as genocide of the Ukrainian people;
- if the United States recognises Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, this will, among other things, allow the Americans to recover the seized assets of the Russian Federation through the courts. In this case, it is likely that this money will not be transferred to Ukraine.