The United States Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution calling for the Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” for actions in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine that have resulted “in the deaths of countless innocent men, women and children”.
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.
Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous summary executions against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine,” the Senate bill reads.