US House Republicans Call For Branding Russia State Sponsor Of Terror - Strategy Paper
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Thu 11th June 2020 | 02:40 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th June, 2020) The Republican Study Committee, the largest Republican caucus in the US House of Representatives, published a strategy paper calling for branding Russia a state sponsor of terrorism and imposing sanctions on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) until it expels Russia from its system.
"The Task Force recommends designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism for its support of the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps], Hezbollah, the Taliban and Russian Imperial Movement," the strategy paper said on Wednesday.
"The United States does not control SWIFT, but it can use its influence to remove Russia from SWIFT through legislation authorizing sanctions on SWIFT itself if it does not expel Russia," the strategy paper said.
The document also calls on Congress to impose secondary sanctions on third parties helping Russian oil and natural gas projects, especially entities supporting the completion of the Nord Stream 2 project.
In addition, Republican lawmakers are recommending imposing sanctions on Russian sovereign debt and new sanctions authority to target what they call "propagators of state-backed disinformation."
Russia has repeatedly denied US allegations of spreading disinformation.
The strategy paper also calls on Congress to require the US Treasury Department to place Vnesheconombank on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list.
Moreover, the strategy paper suggests Congress should strengthen Georgia's readiness and defense capabilities by passing the Georgia Support Act, which mandates a report on how the United States can work with that country to counter alleged Russian disinformation and ensure Georgian security needs.
Congress, the document said, should direct the US State Department to put together a strategy to provide information "directly to the Russian people" in order to lead them to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to force changes in the government.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of aggression and said that it sees US sanctions as manifestation of unfair competition that can only damage bilateral relations.