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U.S. senator offers to consider Russia state sponsor of terrorism

Robert Menendez urges Trump's administration to consider the danger that Russian government keeps posing for the States and the rest of the world
08:46, 14 March 2018

Washington Examiner

Russia should be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez offered the government to do so after the high-profile spy poisoning case in the UK. 

According to Washington Examiner, 'that move would place Russia on a short list of terror-backing states that now includes Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using “a weapons-grade nerve agent” to poison a former military intelligence officer who had worked as a double agent on behalf of the United Kingdom'.

“Once again, I call on the Trump administration to recognize the danger the Russian government continues to pose to Americans and our friends around the world,” Menendez said as quoted by the U.S. outlet. “The United States and the many allies of the United Kingdom must stand ready to support her in the aftermath of this brazen attack.”

Washington Examiner reminded the audience that Menendez, the ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, has the procedural authority to force Trump to take a formal position on the matter.

'A state sponsor of terrorism designation would stiffen sanctions already imposed by Congress. U.S. officials have sought to punish Russia for the 2016 election interference, the invasion of Ukraine, and for partnering with Iran to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in a long-running civil war', the outlet wrote.

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