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Recognition by US Congress as state sponsor of Russia's terrorism to allow introducing additional sanctions against it – MP

KYIV. May 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The decision of the U.S. Congress to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism will allow imposing additional sanctions against it, Head of the parliamentary committee on Ukraine’s integration into the European Union (European Solidarity faction) Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said.

"If the United States Congress adopts such a resolution, such a decision to recognize Russia as a terrorist or sponsor of terrorism, we will have the opportunity to receive additional pressure and additional sanctions against Russia. And countries that interact and cooperate with Russia will also be forced to change their behavior and, accordingly, have indirect pressure in the form of secondary sanctions," Klympush-Tsintsadze said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.

She said the Verkhovna Rada’s appeal to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the U.S. Congress adopted last week on recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism has already been translated into English.

"We will now work with congressmen at the levels of the two chambers of the U.S. Congress in order to register such a bill in Congress and make this decision," the MP said.

Klympush-Tsintsadze explained why the parliament appealed specifically to the U.S. Congress.

"The United States has appropriate domestic legislation that would allow Russia to join countries such as North Korea, Cuba, Syria and Iran. That was our goal," the committee’s head said.

According to her, there is currently no such law in European countries and "other countries of the free world." Klympush-Tsintsadze does not rule out that if the U.S. Congress recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, then this decision will push other countries to recognize Russia as a terrorist country.

"Undoubtedly, Russia deserves complete isolation. Therefore, we believe that it has no place in the G-7, G-20. It must take its place among… those countries that are terrorist countries and are recognized as such by the Congress of the United States of America," she said.