The assignment of the status of a State sponsor of terrorism makes it possible to impose additional categories of sanctions on the country.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal presented a resolution confirming that the Senate considers the actions of the Russian government as sponsoring acts of terrorism and calls on the head of the Department of State to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
“Putin is a terrorist, and Putin’s Russia is one of the most destructive forces on the planet,” Graham said. “Putin’s Russia deserves such a definition.”
According to Graham, this resolution sends a convincing signal to Ukraine that the United States agrees that Putin is leading a country that is a sponsor of terrorism at the state level.
“We also make it clear to the Russian people that we are fighting Putin, and as long as he is your leader, engaging in such activities, you will be isolated on the world stage,” the senator stated.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Parliament of Ukraine have appealed to Congress to urge the U.S. Department of State to recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Assigning the status of a state sponsor of terrorism allows imposing additional categories of sanctions on the country, including restrictions on U.S. foreign aid, a ban on the export and sale of defense products, certain measures to control the export of dual-use goods, as well as financial and other restrictions.
This list includes countries such as Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria.
“Russia’s appalling inhumanity – including barbaric atrocities and war crimes – fully justifies its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. I am proud to play a leading role in (promoting) this resolution together with Senator Graham – imposing tougher sanctions and recognizing Russia as a genuine pariah among states,” Senator Blumenthal said.