The US senators added that they will push Congress to pass this decision “whether President Joe Biden supports it or not.”
US Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican Party) and Richard Blumenthal (Democratic Party) called on the administration of President Joe Biden to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
The senators said on CNN that they will push Congress to pass this decision “whether President Joe Biden supports it or not.”
They noted that recognition of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism should be done either by the president or by Congress. Both senators said Biden should increase pressure on Vladimir Putin and continue to help Ukraine amid the ongoing invasion.
“I hope the president chooses to take this position voluntarily, and he doesn’t take it off the table on state-sponsored terrorism,” Blumenthal said.
Lindsey Graham called on the Biden administration to work with Congress on designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, but noted that Congress would advance the decision regardless.
“I would love to work with (the Biden administration). But whether or not we have to pass legislation to make that happen, we’re ready to do it. I urge the administration to act now,” Graham said.
Both senators also supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and linked American support for the island to the impact of American aid to Ukraine in the fight against Russian invasion.
“China is watching what we are doing in Ukraine, considering possible actions in neighboring Taiwan,” Blumenthal said.
“She should have gone, I’m glad she did. If she didn’t go, what kind of message would that send to the Iranians and the Russians?” Graham added.As UNIAN reported, on May 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the US Congress to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, and the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, regularly address the world community with the same appeal.