The U.S. State Department has told Congress of its concerns about the House’s consideration of a bill recognizing Russia as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism,” Politico writes, citing several people familiar with the matter.
“The State Department is quietly bringing to the attention of Congress its serious concerns about the initiative to list Russia as a ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’.” – the message says.
It is noted that “their serious concern about the legislative initiative” State Department officials expressed in Congress “in recent days.”
“The State Department fears that adding Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism will jeopardize a deal to move grain out of Ukrainian ports,” sources said. — emphasized in the message.
In addition, the American Foreign Office reminded congressmen that the final decision to include the country on the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism” is made not by Congress, but by the head of the State Department.
Earlier in July, Politico, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in a telephone conversation with the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed dissatisfaction with the State Department’s unwillingness to “recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism”, and stated that “this can be done” by the US Congress.
The publication recalls that Congress “granted the Secretary of State the right to recognize a particular state as a sponsor of terrorism.” However, lawmakers “could pass a bill” that could allow them to do so “without the involvement of the State Department.”
After that, the Senate passed a resolution urging Blinken to take a decision on recognition, and representatives of the two parties introduced a corresponding bill in the lower house of Congress.
The Kremlin reacted “very negatively” to Pelosi’s statement, and the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova declared that Washington’s declaration of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism could lead to a severance of diplomatic relations with the United States.
Currently, Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria have been declared “State Sponsors of Terrorism” in the United States.