Russia should be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, and this should be done as soon as possible. This would further isolate it from the civilized world and contribute to the strengthening of sanctions.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this in a column for RBC-Ukraine.
"Terrorism is really the middle name of modern Russia, so recognizing it as a state sponsor of terrorism would only be a legal fixation of reality. In practice, this would mean the imposition of additional sanctions by both the United States and other countries, even deeper international isolation of the Russian regime and the complete destruction of what remains of Russia's reputation for many decades," Kuleba explains.
The minister points out that the last point is hardly the most important, because over the years Russia has used the very notion of fighting terrorism for the most sophisticated manipulation.
"It was the "joint fight against terrorism" that for many years justified the need for interaction with Russia. Under this sauce, Russia whitewashed its reputation in the European Union after its attacks on Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, restored contacts with the United States and other countries," Kuleba stresses.
He also pointed out that Russia has imposed the myth of its supposedly "constructive role" in counterterrorism to justify its own wars, from Chechnya to Syria, but none of them have been fair or justified.
"Putting Russia on the list of state sponsors of terrorism would forever destroy this myth. Russia is a source of terrorism, not a fighter against it," the Secretary concluded.
To recall, the U.S. Senate recently unanimously approved a resolution urging Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. If approved, Russia could officially become the fifth state sponsor of terrorism.
According to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, if the U.S. State Department does not take this step, the Congress will.