Spokesperson Psaki claims that the US already has imposed sanctions on Moscow similar to those for state-sponsored terrorism.
Washington claims it has already placed severe sanctions against Russia, which are normally reserved for states that the State Department considers state sponsors of terror.
Jen Psaki, White House spokesperson was responding to a question regarding the recent push of Senators Lindsey Graham (and Richard Blumenthal) to declare Russia a state sponsor for terrorism at a press conference on Tuesday.
“We have been doing, already, what has happened to those other countries. So, extensive financial sanctions, export controls, also working diplomatically to limit investment by other countries in the pariah states – the other four and, certainly, Russia,”The spokesperson stated. “So we’ve already been taking those steps.”
US officials blacklisted Syria and Iran as well as Cuba, North Korea, and Cuba. Two of the last two items were dropped from this list, and re-added under the Trump administration. Formerly, South Yemen, Libya and Sudan were added to the list. These additions were then removed.
Washington bans the sale of weapons to countries and puts economic sanctions on any country it considers supporting or practicing terrorist acts. Graham argued that including Moscow on the list would be a powerful message to Ukraine, and another step towards assisting them. “making sure that Putin’s Russia is marginalized”The world stage
Maria Zakharova (Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson) dismissed the move as unconstitutional last month. “idiotic in nature”He said that Russia would respond.
On Tuesday, Lithuania’s parliament passed a resolution accusing Russia of genocide and terrorism in Ukraine. Zakharova denounced the decision. “an extremist step,”And it doesn’t contribute to the peace of Ukraine.
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk Agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols that were negotiated by the French helped to confer special status on the region breakaway from the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.