Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow regards US statements about the possibility of classifying Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” because of the events in Ukraine as extremely negative.
Commenting on these statements, Peskov said in a press statement today, Thursday: “We are very negative about the results of such a step, although, on the other hand, it is extremely difficult for us to do something that could further damage relations between Russia and America. He’s already in a situation that doesn’t envy him.”
And the Politico newspaper reported yesterday, Wednesday, citing sources, that Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi told US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a telephone conversation that if the State Department does not recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism because of the events in Ukraine, Congress will and will do.American.
Representatives for Blinken and Pelosi declined to comment on this information.
Congress has reportedly given the Secretary of State the power to include certain countries on the list of US state sponsors of terrorism, and lawmakers could come up with an initiative that would allow them to do so without State Department interference.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier called the US initiative to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism “a stupid measure of a stupid nature,” stressing that it will not go unanswered.