U.S. Senate passed a resolution seeking to label Russia as a sponsor of terrorism
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution on Wednesday, July 28, 2022, calling for Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism for actions in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine that resulted “in the deaths of countless innocent men, women, and children.” — New York Times reports.
A similar measure had been introduced in the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to be a strong supporter of its passage. However, the power to designate a state sponsor of terror resides with the State Department.
Nevertheless, the Senate’s passage of the resolution puts yet more congressional pressure on the Biden administration to add Russia to a list of state sponsors of terrorism that includes Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.