State Department resists calling Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism’ – NYT
According to the New York Times, the White House would like some leeway in imposing sanctions against Moscow
The US State Department would officially designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for its actions in Ukraine. This would restrict the White House’s ability to do so. “exempt some transactions with Russia from Western penalties,”According to the New York Times, Friday’s reporting cited a top US official.
These exemptions may include the protection of Russian food exports against sanctions.
The State Department lists Iran and North Korea currently as state sponsor of terrorist acts.
According to The Times, Russia being designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism could cause severe diplomatic tensions between Moscow and Washington. According to State Department officials, the designation was viewed as the “the best thing for the country.” “nuclear option.”
The US Senate passed unanimously a non-binding resolution Thursday to respond to the request of President Vladimir Zelensky. It asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken for this. Zelensky has repeatedly accused Russia for deliberately killing civilians within Ukraine. Moscow, however insists that it only strikes military targets.
Blinken stated, however that Moscow has been hit with unimaginable sanctions by the US.
“The costs that have been imposed on Russia by us and by other countries are absolutely in line with the consequences that would follow from designation as a state sponsor of terrorism,”Blinken stated this to reporters Wednesday. “So the practical effects of what we’re doing are the same.”
Blinken and Sergey Lavrov spoke over the telephone on Friday. This was their first contact since Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine at the end of February.
Dmitry Peskov (Kremlin spokesperson) stated that Russia being a state sponsor for terrorism was a good idea. “negative consequences”For already frayed bilateral ties.