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