Coffman Drops Bill Calling Out Russia as a ‘State Sponsor of Terror’

Would Impose Severe Financial and Military Sanctions

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Washington, July 26, 2018 | Daniel Bucheli (202-225-7882) | comments

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced the ‘Require a Determination on Designation of the Russian Federation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,’ Act. If enacted, the legislation would require the U.S. Department of State to determine whether Russia meets the criteria for designation as a “State Sponsor of Terror.” If Russia is designated as such, under existing laws, severe financial and military sanctions would be imposed. A companion bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 2780, was introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).

“It is time for the Administration to face the facts by forcing them to determine, based on overwhelming evidence, whether Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror. From trying to destabilize the Ukraine, to shooting down a passenger jetliner, sponsoring clandestine proxy military forces, to overseas murder plots, it is clear to me that Russia, under Putin, is a state sponsors of terrorism,” said Coffman. 

The legislation calls for a full report by the State Department to the U.S. Congress within 90 days as to whether or not Russia is sponsoring terrorism and meets the definition of a state sponsor of terror. A finding that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism would require the U.S. Secretary of State to include the Russian Federation on the list of countries that support terrorism. Currently four countries: Iran, North Kora, Sudan and Syria are on the official list of state sponsors of terror.

“My first assignment, during my military career, was with the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division in Europe where we stood with our NATO allies as a counterweight to the invasion threat of the Soviet Union and their Warsaw Pact allies. While the Soviet Union no longer exist, the Russian Federation has replaced it and is far more sophisticated threat to the United States and our allies. I strongly believe that any objective analysis by the State Department will show that, under Putin, the Russian Federation is a state sponsor of terror,” added Coffman.

To see bill text, click HERE.

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