Asked if Russia should be declared a state sponsor of terrorism, Mr. Biden told reporters at the White House, “No.”
Two U.S. senators, Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Richard Blumenthal, visited Kyiv this summer to call for Russia to be declared a state sponsor of terrorism and for legislation to place it “in the same category as Iran, Syria and North Korea.”
After the start of the war, Ukraine began to seek to have Russia recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. The parliaments of Lithuania and Latvia have already declared Russia as such.
In August, the Latvian parliament declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, did not hide her anger after that.
“Given that this decision is not based on any facts other than animalistic xenophobia, it and its ideologues should be called nothing but neo-Nazis,” she wrote on the Telegram channel.
The representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reminded of August 8. published her comments, in which she called the intention to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism “another hostile action by Latvian legislators”.
“The pathological Russophobia of the ruling elites of Latvia has already become the cause of major economic and social problems of this Baltic country, has lowered the standard of living of its people,” she stated at the time.
In May, when Lithuania recognized Russia as a terrorist state, Alekseijus Chepa, the First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, said that such a decision of the Seimas has no significance, but Russia, reacting to it, may terminate trade relations with our country.
Another Russian politician – First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council Vladimias Dzabarov – compared the resolution of the Lithuanian Parliament to a manifestation of schizophrenia.
Duma deputy A. Čepa called Lithuania a satellite of the USA.
“The actions and statements of European satellite countries trying to please the United States will have no effect on anyone. For a long time, these countries have been carrying out policies based on Russophobia, sowing discord between countries and fomenting conflict in Europe as best they can. The current events (that is, the “special operation” – gazeta.ru) are a measure that had to be taken in response to the policies pursued by those countries for the past 20-25 years,” said A. Chepa in an interview with the Russian portal gazeta.ru.
According to his words, Lithuania “may lose opportunities to develop trade relations” with Russia in the future.
“I think we are ready to end all relations with Lithuania. We can freeze all deliveries through Lithuanian ports. We can stop the supply of fertilizers and various products that the country used to buy from us until now. In the same way, we can terminate all agreements in the agricultural sector, refuse all their production”, explained the deputy.
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