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Senators Push for US to Recognize Russia as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

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Most wealthy nations promptly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since its commencement, the operation has resulted in not just the usual destruction and collateral damage of war but also charges of atrocities. Now, politicians from both parties in the United States want to designate Russia’s government as a willful participant in terrorism.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) presented legislation on September 14 to classify Russia as a state supporter of terrorism. The legislation would allow for harsher penalties and the possibility of suing the country in US courts for its conduct in Ukraine. Blumenthal was reported in a news release declaring that the country has “earned the right to be among the club of pariah states” due to its activities.

The bipartisan senators are not alone. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is among those who back the measure. It may, however, be unpopular with the State Department. According to recent reports, the State Department has been cautious about supporting such a move due to the potential for long-term implications.

Four nations, including Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Cuba, are currently recognized by the US as state sponsors of terrorism.

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