Senators Seek to Declare Russia State Sponsor of Terrorism

Others already listed are China, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

A bipartisan effort to declare Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. The bill would add the Russian Federation to the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism,” which includes China, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. A similar resolution was introduced in the House in July but so far has made little progress.

Last week, President Joe Biden said Russia should not be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, even though Ukraine has been promoting it. The press secretary said the president feared “unintended consequences” that could harm the interests of Ukraine and its allies across the globe.

Senator Blumenthal said the “Russia is a State Sponsor of Terrorism Act” attempts to increase pressure on the Kremlin beyond existing sanctions including those for its invasion in February of Ukraine.

The designation would curtail technology and defense exports to Russia, reduce foreign aid, impose additional financial restrictions and eliminate the country’s sovereign immunity in U.S. courts, opening the Kremlin up to lawsuits and civil claims.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of the Senate as they consider the act regarding Russia as a state sponsor of terror.
  • For the president and his foreign policy advisors as they assess the efficacy of the sanctions in place against Russia.
  • For Speaker Pelosi as she chooses which legislation to bring to the floor for debate and a vote.

Sources: Just The News, Reuters, Independent


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