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    State Department Concerns

    The State Department secretly made it clear to congressional offices that it had serious concerns that Russia may be recognized as a state that supports terrorism, the article says.

    According to Politico, back in July, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that if he did not blacklist Russia as a terrorist, Congress would. On July 27, amid “outrage over Russia‘s brutal military campaign in Ukraine,” the United States Senate unanimously passed a non-binding resolution calling on Blinken to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorist attacks in Ukraine, as well as in Chechnya, Georgia, and Syria, which resulted in “the death of many innocent men, women and children.” After that, members of the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would “officially slap Russia” – bypassing the country’s top diplomat.

    that they insist that the final decision rests solely with Blinken. They also note that the current U.S. sanctions and export controls on Russia are nearly equivalent to what the bill would require,” the article says.

    But several people told the media that State Department officials in recent days have reported “serious legal problems” to congressional offices. According to them, “the state fears that the inclusion of Russia in the list of state sponsors of terrorism will jeopardize the fragile deal allowing grain ships to leave Ukrainian ports.”

    The authors of the material noted that the development of this agreement ” it’s been months,” and while ships are “gradually starting to leave the Black Sea, somewhat easing the rampant global food crisis,” there is no guarantee that “Russia will live up to its obligations” if the United States so “openly” confronts it.

    “Furthermore, a country on the terrorist blacklist—a badge of shame bestowed only on North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Iran—is suffering from comprehensive sanctions, which means that the United States is actually cutting off Americans from participating in business relations with these countries,” the authors of the article added.

    and “key economic relationships supported by the US,” such as “nuclear materials.”

    Politico reports that some politicians and officials are objecting to a House bill that would “derail the food delivery plan.” Others fear that the initiative will not be put to a vote in the House Foreign Affairs Committee “without clear support from the administration” of US President Joe Biden.

    Blinken’s resistance

    About Anthony Blinken’s opposition to Russia‘s recognition as a terrorist sponsor, July 29 reported The New York Times.

    Blinken has been under pressure for weeks to formally declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. This label is currently reserved for North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Iran. But Blinken is resisting a move that could force him to impose sanctions on US allies doing business with Russia and could destroy the remnants of diplomacy between Washington and Moscow,” the article said. , who called on the Secretary of State to recognize Moscow as a sponsor of terrorism, Blinken “answered evasively.” He stated that any decision should be based on existing legal definitions, and also suggested that this is a moot point, since Russia is already under many sanctions. According to him, the sanctions already imposed against Moscow correspond to the restrictions that would follow after the recognition of the country as a state sponsoring terrorism.

    “Thus, the practical results of what we are doing are the same,” the Secretary of State emphasized.

    Then interviewed by the publication experts said that if Blinken gave in to the Senate, “it could sever the already limited diplomatic ties between US President Joe Biden’s administration and Moscow once and for all.” Meanwhile, the Secretary of State himself said that he considers it important to maintain relations with Russia.

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