Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal and Republican Lindsey Graham have tabled a billin the U.S. Senate to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, the Voice of Americareported on Sept. 14.
In his remarks on the bill, Senator Blumenthal noted the numerous killings of civilian Ukrainians and other acts of cruelty by Russians. The senator said he believes that the adoption of the bill is "more pressing than ever".
The co-author of the bill, Senator Graham, said he believes that the adoption of the bill will be convincing evidence of the support of the United States and other U.S. allies for Kyiv.
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution on July 28 calling on the U.S. State Department to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
Earlier, on Aug. 11, the Seimas or parliament of Latvia recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the killing of civilians.
Moscow has told the United States that if Washington designates Russia a sponsor of terrorism, the Kremlin will recognize such a step as a "point of no return" in U.S.-Russian 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 included four countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.