The State Department warned of problems in recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

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Politico: The State Department expresses concern about the intention to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism State Department employees informally notified Congress about the negative consequences of recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. Among them is the failure of the grain deal and the impossibility for US companies to conduct transactions with Russia media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The US State Department made it clear congress, which is concerned about the consideration in the House of Representatives of a bill recognizing Russia as a country— sponsor of terrorism, according to Politico, citing sources.

The newspaper notes that while the department did not officially express its point of view on this initiative, they only emphasized that the final decision is made by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. However, the other day, according to the publication, employees of the State Department informed Congress that they feared negative consequences if it was adopted.

In particular, the newspaper writes, the Foreign Ministry warned that the inclusion of Russia in the list of states— sponsors of terrorism will jeopardize the grain deal, which allows the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports. In addition, obtaining this status by Russia “will actually cut off the Americans” from participating in business relations with Moscow.

In July, Politico reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Blinken that if the State Department did not recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Congress would. After that, the US Senate passed a resolution with a corresponding appeal to the Secretary of State. The document is not binding. Later, the newspaper announced the intention of Republicans and Democrats to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives, which, as the authors expect, will give Congress the opportunity to assign Russia the status of a sponsor of terrorism, bypassing the State Department.

Now the list of sponsors of terrorism in the United States includes Syria, Iran, North Korea and Cuba. Being on the list means strict restrictions on interaction with this state, a ban on the export of defense goods, control over the export of dual-use products, financial and other restrictions. In addition, sanctions are envisaged against other states that maintain trade relations with a sponsor of terrorism.

At the end of July, Blinken said that the consequences of Western sanctions on Russia, imposed in response to the military operation in Ukraine, are almost tantamount to recognizing Moscow as a sponsor of terrorism. According to the Secretary of State, the Foreign Ministry continues to consider this issue. The White House also said that they are studying such a possibility, recalling that the decision is made by the State Department.

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Moscow warned Washington that recognition of Russia as a “country” sponsor of terrorism” will become the “point of no return,” said Alexander Darchiev, director of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He did not rule out that Russia could lower the level of diplomatic relations with the United States or even break them. The official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, said that the result of the possible recognition of Russia as a “sponsor of terrorism” there may be a break in diplomatic relations with the United States, and Moscow is ready for such a scenario.

August 11, the country— The Saeima of Latvia recognized Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, which Moscow called “another manifestation of Russophobia.”

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