Moscow reveals ‘point of no return’ in Russia-US relations — Analysis
A Foreign Ministry official said that the US might label Russia as a state sponsor for terrorism and this could result in a severer of all ties.
If the US designates Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it would be “a point of no return” in relations between the two countries, and Washington is aware of that, a Russian Foreign Ministry official has said.
In an interview with TASS published on Saturday, the head of the ministry’s North American Department, Aleksandr Darichev, was asked about the possibility of downgrading relations with the US over its support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia and the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Moscow.
“I wouldn’t want to philosophize about what’s possible and what’s not in the current turbulent situation when the US-led West has trampled upon international law and absolute taboos in diplomatic practice,”He stated.
According to the diplomat, the US has recently promoted Russia’s status as a state-sponsor of terror.
“Its implementation would mean that Washington has crossed the point of no return with the most serious collateral damage for bilateral relations, up to downgrading of their level and even severance of all ties,”Darichev stated, and added: “the American side has been warned”Learn more.
Late July saw the unanimous approval of the US Senate of an unbinding resolution requesting that Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, designate Russia as state sponsor of terror.
Nancy Pelosi supports similar moves in the House of Representatives. Politico reported that Pelosi had warned Blinken to not proceed with the bill. Congress could also pass legislation if necessary.
They claim that Russia being on the same sanctions list as Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria will allow the US to increase their pressure on Moscow, by expanding its economic sanctions.
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Although the State Department refused to honor the request so far, they argued that Russia has already received sufficient sanctions due to the Ukraine conflict.
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