The U.S. president did not undertake any obligations in terms of concrete actions, but said he was ready to study a whole range of proposals to increase pressure on Moscow.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked American leader Joe Biden to add Russia to the American list of countries that sponsor terrorism. The Washington Post writes about this on Friday, citing sources.

According to her, Zelenskiy made a corresponding appeal to the American leader during their telephone conversation earlier this week. In turn, Biden, as the newspaper writes, did not undertake any obligations, but said that he was ready to study a whole range of proposals to increase pressure on Moscow.

The list of countries that sponsor terrorism is compiled by the Department of State. It may include states that, according to Washington, “have repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism.” The U.S. administration has broad powers in terms of imposing sanctions on those involved in the list. In particular, we are talking about restrictions on the provision of assistance from the United States, a ban on the export of defense products, export control measures for dual-use goods. In addition, the U.S. Treasury can take measures against those legal entities and individuals, as well as states that trade with countries on the list.

At the moment, the American list consists of four states: Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria. Adding a country to the list can have significant consequences in terms of the introduction of further restrictive measures, The Washington Post emphasizes. Since 1979, the Washington administration has added only a small number of countries to its list, and it was about “rogue states in which U.S. interests are limited,” the newspaper explains.

Recently, some Republicans in the U.S. Congress have called on the administration to add the Russian Federation to the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. However, as a source on Capitol Hill told The Washington Post, representatives of the executive branch of government responded to these calls evasively, promising only to consider such proposals. As the publication reminds, even during the Cold War, the U.S. authorities refrained from adding the USSR to the list. “Adding Russia to the list <…> it would be an extreme economic measure,” says former Department of State employee Jason Blazakis, whose words are quoted in the publication.