Russia should not be labeled a state sponsor of terrorism, President Biden said | iRADIO

US President Joe Biden believes that Russia should not be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The label is being pushed by Ukraine, which is facing a Russian invasion, as well as some US lawmakers, while Moscow has threatened to sever diplomatic ties with the United States.



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US President Joe Biden | Photo: Leah Millis | Source: Reuters

“No,” Biden told reporters at the White House when asked if Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

Last month, Russia again warned the United States against steps that could lead to the severing of diplomatic relations. “If this happens (designating Russia a sponsor of terrorism), it will mean that Washington has reached a point of no return,” Alexander Darchiev, head of the North American department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told the state-run TASS news agency. Moscow has already informed the American side about this, the diplomat added.


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A resolution calling for the designation of Russia as a sponsor of terrorism was adopted by the US Senate on July 27 due to Russian actions in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine that have caused the deaths of women and children. In April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi called on the head of the White House, Biden, to put Russia on the black list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

At the beginning of August, the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Marija Zakharova, also threatened the United States with a break in relations. “They should know that we are ready for any development of the situation. If Washington decides to completely stop cooperation with Moscow, we will survive,” she added.

In a wide-ranging interview, Darchiev also warned against any seizure of Russian assets by the United States. According to him, this step would completely destroy bilateral relations between Washington and Moscow.

Russia’s relations with the West deteriorated sharply after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Moscow consistently refers to its aggression against the neighboring country as a “special military operation” which it says aims to liberate the neighboring country. The West responded to the move with unprecedented economic, financial and diplomatic sanctions against Russia, including freezing about half of Russia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves. Their value before February 24 reached almost 640 billion dollars, Reuters wrote.

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