After the State Department refrained from implementing a “non-binding” US Senate resolution recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Republican Congressman Ted Lew submitted a new bill – this time to the House of Representatives.
According to Ukrinform, the document was published on the official congressman’s page.
“Under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, the government of the Russian Federation has committed and continues to commit acts of international terrorism against political opponents and nation-states,” the bill says.
The document recalls the crimes committed by the Kremlin regime in the international arena and in Russia itself, including the mass destruction of the civilian population during the “second” Chechen war, support for criminal formations in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbass and the terror unleashed there against the citizens of Ukraine, terrorist actions under the state Russian support in Syria, Sudan, Libya, terrorist attacks in the UK and the destruction of the Malaysian flight MH-17.
The document recalls the terrorist actions of Russia on the territory of Ukraine after the military invasion in February of this year, including the use of mercenaries of the so-called “Wagner group”, the massacres of civilians in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
“The United States has a list of tools to hold Russia accountable, limit its war machine, isolate it economically and diplomatically, including by recognizing it as a state sponsor of terrorism and imposing appropriate sanctions,” the draft document says.
The author of the document emphasizes that nothing in this bill provides grounds for applying sanctions against persons involved in the export of agricultural products from Ukraine or in the delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
As Ukrinform reported, on July 28, the Upper House of the US Congress unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the US State Department to recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
According to the American edition The New York TimesUS Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was not ready to make a decision to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, despite the relevant resolution of the US Senate, as this could force the US to impose sanctions against some of the US allies and complicate further diplomatic contacts with Russia.