Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to US President Joe Biden to recognize Russia as «country — sponsor of terrorism,” The Washington Post reports, citing sources.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, Biden did not give the Ukrainian leader any obligations on this issue, but promised to consider a number of proposals to increase pressure on Moscow. WP sources added that Zelensky made such an appeal during a recent telephone conversation with Biden.
The newspaper clarifies that the recognition of Russia as a “country —sponsor of terrorism”— this is one of the most powerful and radical sanctions in the US arsenal, which was not used even during the Cold War.
Recognition of the state as a “sponsor of terrorism”; allows the President of the United States to impose additional sanctions against him, limit or prohibit the sale of weapons, as well as dual-use goods and technologies. This status also allows you to refuse economic assistance to the country and remove diplomatic immunity from its representatives.
There are currently four countries on this list: North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Syria.
The last telephone conversation between the Presidents of Ukraine and the United States took place on April 14. According to White House spokesman Jen Psaki, Biden also discussed new sanctions against Russia with his Ukrainian counterpart.
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Russia began military operation in Ukraine on February, 24th. President Vladimir Putin declared its goals “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state. In response, Ukraine declared martial law and general mobilization, and Western countries imposed several packages of sanctions on Russia.
Even before the start of the special operation, in December last year, a group of US senators proposed granting Russia the status of «state— sponsor of terrorism” if it “invades” to Ukraine.
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