Senators Blumenthal and Graham introduced a bill recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism

Senators Blumenthal and Graham introduced a bill recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism

Senators Blumenthal and Graham introduced a bill recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Lindsey Graham in Kyiv   Senators Blumenthal and Graham introduced a bill recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism

If adopted, it will be possible to file lawsuits against the Russian Federation in US courts for Moscow's actions in Ukraine

Two senators – Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Lindsey Graham – introduced a bipartisan bill to the upper house of Congress, according to which Russia is qualified as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Recall that Ukraine demands such a status for Russia from Washington, but the Biden administration opposes such a step.

Introducing the bill at a press conference, Senator Blumenthal said that “the need for this measure is now more urgent than ever.” , referring to the killings of Ukrainian civilians and other manifestations of brutality accompanying the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Senator Graham, another co-sponsor of the bill, stressed that the inclusion of Russia on the list of state sponsors of terrorism would provide strong evidence of American support for both Kyiv and other US allies, while simultaneously allowing tough sanctions against Russia. In particular, if this bill is passed, it will be possible to file lawsuits against Russia in the US courts for Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

It is not yet clear when the bill will be put to a vote. Blumenthal and Graham, starting in July, immediately after visiting Kyiv, lobbied for the recognition of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi expressed support for this initiative at the same time, saying that this measure was “long overdue”. terrorism. White House officials say they do not see this measure as the most effective way to hold Russia accountable and that such a move could hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.