Russia Threatens Severing Diplomatic Ties with the United States over Terror Sponsor Designation

The Kremlin threatened Tuesday to break off diplomatic relations with Washington if the U.S. declares Russia a sponsor of terrorism.

The threat comes after the U.S. Senate passed Resolution 623 calling on the Secretary of State to designate the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Secretary Blinken has resisted, suggesting that current economic sanctions are similar to what would be imposed with the terrorist sponsor designation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy supports the adoption of the measure.

In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the proposed designation “naive” and a violation of international law.

“The logical result of such a step becomes a break in diplomatic relations,” she said. “Washington risks finally crossing the point of no return – with all the ensuing consequences. This should be well understood in Washington.”

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