U.S. President Joe Biden said that he does not support the recognition of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Reuters reported on Sept. 6.
Biden responded negatively to a journalist's question in Milwaukee on the topic, which has been advocated for by Ukrainian officials. On July 28, t he U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution calling on the U.S. State Department to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Earlier, the Seimas of Latvia recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism on Aug. 11 due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the killing of civilians.
Moscow has told the U.S. that if Washington designates Russia a sponsor of terrorism, the Kremlin will recognize such a step as a "point of no return" in Russian-American relations.
The concept of "state sponsor of terrorism" is a term used by the U.S. State Department to designate those countries "that have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." The decision to recognize a country as a "sponsor of terrorism" is made by the U.S. Secretary of State.
As of the summer of 2022, the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism includes four countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.