Last week, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a telephone conversation, asked Joe Biden to recognize Russia as a country supporting terrorism, including recognition as a country supporting terrorism. According to CNN, several tools in the US arsenal for holding Russia accountable include recognizing it as a terrorism sponsor.
“We're taking a close look at the facts. We're taking a close look at the law. Whether it is this authority or any other authority available to us under the law, we will apply it if it's effective and appropriate. In accordance with the law, we will apply it if it is effective and appropriate", Ned Price said in an interview with CNN on 18 April.
The US department of state defines a state sponsor of terrorism as one that has “more than once provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Today, the official list of such states includes 4 territories: Cuba, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.
Many painful sanctions are already in place against the US. However, its recognition as a country that supports terrorism causes almost irreparable damage to the economy. When the US plan to hold Putin accountable is put into action, an embargo will affect the purchase of goods from this state that can be used for military and commercial purposes. The same sanctions will be imposed on people or companies that continue to do business with a state that sponsors terrorism.