Senators urge Biden to designate Russia as state sponsor of terror
A pair of unlikely allies, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, are calling on the Biden Administration to add Russia to the official list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Graham says: “We should be all in on helping Ukraine, we should be all in, in making sure that Putin is marginalized and his country is marginalized as long as they are engaging in the behavior they are engaging in.”
Only the secretary of state can make the determination. If Russia is designated, it will suffer financially and militarily.
State Sponsors of terror are banned from defense exports and sales, they’re put under additional financial sanctions, and there are some restrictions to what are called dual use items, or anything that could be used for both civilian and military applications. There’s a long list of tools including global positioning satellites, night vision technology, and nuclear technology.
Blumenthal says: “Designating Russia as a state sponsor of terror would waive its sovereign immunity.”
There are currently four countries on the official list. Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy supports the designation, and Ukraine’s parliament formally asked the United States Congress to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terror. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.