US Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal, representing the US Republican and Democratic parties, called on the US government to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism before it tries to annex the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
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“The administration should actually tell Russia that we are making you a pariah like Iran and Cuba,” Blumenthal said on air. CNN Sunday evening.
“This is a signal to the whole world: we do not forgive and do not forget, and America fully and completely supports Ukraine,” Graham added.
Recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism will make it possible to file suits in American courts and demand compensation from Russia for the damage caused to Ukraine. It will also increase sanctions pressure on Russia, as countries that do business with it will face secondary sanctions.
Graham stressed that it is necessary to act proactively until Russia holds its “referenda” in the occupied territories.
“If we had imposed sanctions before the invasion, it could have changed everything,” he said.
- On July 21, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi urged the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recognize the Russian Federation as a terrorist country, otherwise Congress will independently make such a decision.
- On July 24, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said that Washington was “seriously” considering declaring Russia a sponsor of terrorism, “but analysis is needed.”
- Moscow warned that in this case they could break off diplomatic relations with the United States.
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