The Congress believes that Russia’s membership in the organization should be suspended due to the military operation in Ukraine.
The U.S. lawmakers are demanding that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden achieve the exclusion of Russia from Interpol. According to CNN, the corresponding appeal was sent on Friday to the Department of State and the Ministry of Justice by members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) under the U.S. Congress.
An independent bipartisan commission consisting of representatives of both houses of Congress believes that Russia’s membership in the international police organization should be suspended due to the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine. To achieve this, lawmakers are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland to “take advantage of the U.S. position in Interpol.”
According to the authors of the appeal, Washington should make it clear that the inaction of an international organization will “seriously affect” American contributions to its budget, as well as the “legal inviolability” of Interpol in the United States.
Interpol has previously announced that it will not exclude Russia from the organization, but will change the procedure for considering its requests. As noted in the statement, the exclusion of the Russian Federation “would damage global security.” Earlier, some Western countries, in particular the United Kingdom and Canada, called for the exclusion of the Russian Federation from Interpol.