This is what scares us the most.

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In a recent interview with Russian state media outlet TASS, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s North American Department, Alexander Darichev, said that if the United States designates Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it would be “a point of no return.” ” will represent in the relationship between the two countries. Speaking on behalf of a country that brutally attacked its smaller neighbor and is constantly accused of human rights abuses and serious war crimes, Darichev brazenly claimed on Saturday that The West, led by the United States, has “violated international law and absolute prohibitions. In diplomatic practice.”

Appeared on the official TV show. Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov A day later, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova railed against the prospect of such a designation, claiming that the plans stemmed from America’s failure to isolate Russia from the rest of the world. Zakharova mocked the level of competence of US officials, questioning whether they could even read, as Moscow has repeatedly warned Washington of “consequences” if the US names Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. will

A bipartisan resolution to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism passed the Senate in late July, after being introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). In the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly warned Secretary of State Anthony Blanken that unless he moved forward with the position, Congress would pass appropriate legislation on its own.

Last week, Latvia’s parliament called Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” for attacks on civilians during the war in Ukraine, urging other countries to follow suit. Ryhards Coles, who heads the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, asserted: “Russia has directly and indirectly supported and financed terrorist regimes and organizations for many years.” To illustrate this point, Coles cites Russia’s intervention in Syria, its downing of Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, and the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain in 2018.

Russia has vowed to retaliate against the latest country to cross Putin.

Lithuania passed a similar resolution in May, and Estonia may soon follow suit. The prospect of the move gaining international acclaim has terrified prominent talking heads on Russian state television.

The move would add Russia to a list of pariah states like North Korea, Iran, Syria and Cuba, allowing world powers to expand the list of measures and sanctions to further pressure Putin’s regime. will receive, including a ban on defense exports and additional restrictions. Financial restrictions. Prominent pundits and experts on Russian state TV made it clear that the potential designation worries Moscow most because of legal and financial reasons, not because of damage to Russia’s reputation.

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Two weeks ago, Andrei Sidorov, deputy dean of world politics at Moscow State University, explained why Moscow is so reluctant to be labeled a sponsor of terrorism: I—they’ll probably pass this law. . . . Of course, all the sanctions they can impose against us are already in place. That’s not the scary part. The sad part is that countries that sponsor terrorism. “Families harmed by this have the right to file claims in US courts. A large number of Ukrainian citizens will be able to file lawsuits. Where will the resources come from to pay these claims?”

Referring to $300 billion of Russia’s $640 billion in gold and foreign exchange reserves, which have been frozen by Western sanctions, host Vladimir Solovyov said: “They are on our $300 billion. looking for a way to take over.” Sidorov agreed: “They will take $300 billion according to court orders.”

Russian experts are open to this idea. to take Ukraine’s vast mineral and energy resources, which they predict will boost Russia’s failing economy. In addition to stealing Ukraine’s wealth, pro-Putin propagandists are openly hoping to get back their seized funds and assets—even threatening nuclear strikes to secure their release. . The prospect of losing those billions is far more worrisome than any label for Putin’s regime.

Solovyov, who was twice honored by President Vladimir Putin for his service to the Fatherland, proposed a solution: to force all Ukrainians to become Russian citizens after Ukraine was fully taken over. While Russia’s genocidal intentions towards the neighboring country were obvious from the beginning, now Moscow’s mouthpieces are trying to blame the destruction of Ukraine on the West.

Speaking about Ukraine, a victim of Russian aggression, Solovyov said: “These families should not have a chance to file a case in court. They should become Russian citizens and the Ukrainian nation should disappear completely.” He previously appeared on the official TV show in August. 60 minutesmilitary expert Igor Korotchenko Admitted That Russia wants to wipe Ukraine off the map, because “it never really existed,” is considered “anti-Russian” and therefore has no right to exist.

Regardless of the final outcome of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Moscow’s prospects as a global power are bleak. Appearing in the program. Solovyov Live On Monday, Yevgeny Stanovsky, president of the Institute of the Middle East, noted with bitter resignation, “There is no hope for Russia in the West as a whole, especially where the United States, Europe or international organizations are concerned. do not have.”

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