The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs allowed the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States in the event that Washington declares Russia country sponsoring terrorism. This was announced on Tuesday, August 2, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.
“The logical result of such an irresponsible step could be a break in diplomatic relations, after which Washington risks finally crossing the point of no return with all the ensuing consequences,” she said.
Zelensky asked Biden to recognize Russia as a “country sponsor of terrorism”
In April, The Washington Post reported, citing sources, that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. Such a potential move by Washington was called “one of the most powerful and far-reaching sanctions in the US arsenal.”
At the end of July with such a call US Senate spokeadopted a non-binding resolution. Senators have asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism because of events in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine that have led to “the death of countless innocent men, women and children.” According to The New York Times, Blinken is opposed to the decision.
The State Department can declare a country a sponsor of terrorism if the state has “repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism,” according to a State Department fact sheet. Inclusion on the list allows the White House, among other things, to freeze the assets of these states, as well as to impose sanctions on third countries that maintain economic relations with them. The US has given this status to four countries: North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Syria.