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US Senate advances bill giving State Department right to call Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism’

RT | December 11, 2019

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

The pretentiously titled ‘Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act’ could potentially bring the already strained relations between Moscow and Washington to a new low.

Introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) in April, it requires the Secretary of State to give “appropriate congressional committees” a straight answer on whether Russia could be designated a sponsor of terrorism.The bill also requires the State Department to determine and report to Congress whether the militia in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics in eastern Ukraine can be considered “foreign terrorist organizations.” The report should be presented “no later than 90 days” after the proposed law comes into force, should it pass in both Senate and the House and be signed by the president.

So far, the Foreign Relations Committee cleared it to be further debated – and potentially passed – by the Senate.Only a handful of countries have been designated by Washington as state sponsors of terrorism, including Iran, Syria, North Korea and Sudan. Should this bill be approved, it would give the anti-Russian interests in Washington yet another opportunity to slap Moscow with more sanctions.

The committee’s action comes just a day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington and met with both State Secretary Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump. His visit sparked yet another wave of anti-Russian hysteria, among the House Democrats in particular. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California), who spearheads the Trump impeachment efforts in the House, called it no less than a “success of Russian propaganda.” Lavrov replied by calling such a reaction to “ministerial-level contacts normal to any country” patently absurd.

December 11, 2019 - Posted by | Russophobia


  1. “US Senate advances bill giving State Department right to call Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism”

    Given the USA’s record since WWII of Military “Interventions” in at least 20 countries around the World, not to mention the deposing of left leaning Governments in South America, that headline looks like it was written for a new TV comedy show…….Congratulations are probably in order for the American MSM for making it all seem, almost ok….


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 12, 2019 | Reply

  2. Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions on one and all (except on the one monster state that eminently deserves sanctions)…this is the “American way of Democracy”? I don’t think so and can only hope that this too shall pass….

    I’d like to be mystified that the Republican Party-led Senate heads the committee (all committees) in the Senate while it is the other-element-of-the-duopoly Democratic Party that continues its frenzy to lay its own incompetence in the electoral process on the Russian Bear or anyone/thing besides itself. Here now, in the Senate, the Repubs are proving themselves to be exact-cloned hogs at the trough. But I guess there may be no ‘mystery”: We Americans are, collectively, simply naked posturers, flailing here and there in denial and avid to discredit the real news of our decline (hint: the unvarnished, no-clothes enemy R US the sheople)….

    (And who might be next in the parade of naked posturers eager to ascend to the “throne of empire”? Nikki Haley? God save us from the sight of her, unclothed or not….)

    Terrorism, anyone? “Malign Activities,” anyone? Voila!–just check out ZioIsrael-Occupied WashDC!

    (“Only a handful of countries have been designated by Washington as state sponsors of terrorism, including Iran, Syria, North Korea and Sudan.” Huh? I’m surprised not to find, e.g., Cuba and Venezuela on the list….)


    Comment by roberthstiver | December 12, 2019 | Reply

  3. I’ve been curious lately whether or not the United States senate has to sign an oath to Israel like our congress does. I’m gonna go on and say yes, no doubt.


    Comment by tsisageya | December 12, 2019 | Reply

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