Russia Threatens to Break All Ties With The US If it’s Designated as a State Sponsor of Terror
Further deglobalization will be the likely the result of a state sponsor of terror designation.
The Russian government recently issued the United States government a stern warning about breaking diplomatic ties should the US seize its assets or classify Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
“We warn the Americans of the detrimental consequences of such actions that will permanently damage bilateral relations, which is neither in their nor in our interests,” Russian diplomat Alexander Darchiev said to Russian-state media outlet TASS on August 13, 2022.
In addition, Darchiev called attention to the fact that the US state’s influence over Ukraine had reached to such a point that “Americans are increasingly becoming more and more a direct party in the conflict”.
On August 12, 2022, Darchiyev stated that if the US Senate passes legislation classifying Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it will bring about “the most serious collateral damage for bilateral diplomatic relations, to the point of downgrading and even breaking them off.”
“The American side has been warned,” he stated.
On August 11, the Baltic country Latvia passed legislation designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism in response to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. Latvia has called on fellow NATO member states to take harsher sanctions action against Russia.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been hesitant about pushing for a state sponsor of terrorism designation for Russia.
“The costs that have been imposed on Russia by us and by other countries are absolutely in line with the consequences that would follow from designation as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Blinken stated. “So the practical effects of what we’re doing are the same.”
Not only would designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism accelerate the deterioration of relations between Russia and the US, it could unleash further deglobalization. Countries who have otherwise normal economic and political relations with Russia could potentially face negative sanctions if they continue their normal interactions with a country that the US has deemed as a state sponsor of terrorism. In effect, normal trade interactions between countries could retrench and potentially cease.
Overall, such a move is risky and will lead to a further decay of relations between the two countries. Moreover, this move would compel Russia to tighten its relations with China and even Iran, thereby creating a Eurasian geopolitics axis that will act as a balancing coalition against the Collective West.