Biden should name Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, McConnell says
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) threw his support behind the idea of adding Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism for the invasion of Ukraine and called on President Joe Biden to do so.
McConnell, over the weekend, led a delegation of Republican senators on a trip to Ukraine, where they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday. McConnell was with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
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“I think it’s a good idea, and I would support that,” he told reporters during a press call over the weekend, according to the Hill. “The president could do it on his own, and I would urge him to do it.”
The Kentucky senator told the Ukrainian president that there is “bipartisan” support for the Ukrainian people in Congress and that the “overwhelming majority” of Republicans back the $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill that has yet to pass both chambers of Congress. The legislation passed easily in the House, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is holding up the bill in the Senate because he wants language added that would ensure a special inspector general oversees how the additional aid is spent.
Last week, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a resolution that presses Secretary of State Antony Blinken to declare Russia a terrorist country.
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The United States and allied countries have already imposed sanctions on Kremlin leaders, businessmen and -women, and financial institutions that have ravaged Russia’s economy. In addition, the Biden administration has allocated more than $4 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine.