U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal have introduced a Senate resolution, calling on the Secretary of State to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST), according to a press release published on the Graham's official website on May 10.
"Putin is a terrorist, and one of the most disruptive forces on the planet is Putin's Russia," said Graham.
"Putin's Russia deserves this designation."
The U.S. senator emphasized that "this resolution sends a strong message to Ukraine that we are listening and we agree that Putin runs a nation that is a state sponsor of terrorism."
"We are also letting the Russian people know that our fight is with Putin, and as long as he is your leader, engaging in these activities, you will be isolated on the world stage," he said.
The SST designation allows additional categories of sanctions to be placed on a country, including restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual-use items, and financial and other restrictions.
"Russia's horrific inhumanity – including barbaric atrocities and war crimes – have richly earned its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism," said Blumenthal.
"I'm proud to be leading this resolution with Senator Graham, applying stiffer sanctions and recognizing Russia as a true pariah among nations."
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky made a direct appeal to U.S. President Joe Biden for the United States to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. The U.S. Department of State said it did not rule out doing so.
The list currently names four countries: North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Iran.