US looking at labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism
The US has stated that it is considering designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
CNN reported Monday night, April 18, that US State Department officials are considering every weapon at their disposal to hold Russia responsible for the crisis in Ukraine, including the potential of designating Russia as a state supporter of terrorism.
The procedure, according to the officials, might take weeks before a decision is made.
According to the State Department, a state sponsor of terrorism is a government that has “repeatedly supplied assistance for acts of international terrorism.” North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Syria are the only four nations currently designated as state sponsors of terrorism by the United States.
“We’re looking at the facts closely.” When questioned about the idea of identifying Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said on CNN Monday, “We’re taking a serious look at the legislation.” “We shall use whatever authority available to us under the law, whether it is this authority or any other authority available to us under the law, if it is effective and appropriate.”
Adding Russia on the list would be a symbolic gesture but would also come at a cost to Russia’s economy.
If Russia is designated as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” it will face penalties that include a ban on Russia purchasing specific commodities that can be used for commercial or military reasons, as well as restrictions on other persons, organizations, and countries that continue to deal with Russia.