US may designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, State Department spokesperson says

19 April, 11:39 AM
State Department spokesman Ned Price (Photo:Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)

State Department spokesman Ned Price (Photo:Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)

The United States may designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at a press briefing on April 18.

"We are going to look at all potential options – options that are available to us under the law, options that would be effective in holding Russia to account – and if a tool is available and effective, we won't hesitate to use it," Price said.

His comment came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had made a direct appeal to U.S. President Joe Biden for the United States to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, one of the most powerful and far-reaching sanctions in the U.S. arsenal.

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According to U.S. daily newspaper The Washington Post, Biden did not commit to specific actions during the call, but told his Ukrainian counterpart he is willing to explore a range of proposals to exert greater pressure on Moscow.

Such a measure could have a range of impacts, including the imposition of economic penalties on dozens of other nations that continue to do business with Russia, the freezing of Moscow's assets in the United States, including real estate, and the prohibition of a variety of exports that have both commercial and military uses.

The list currently names four countries: North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Syria.

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