Russia on Tuesday threatened the United States of America (USA) with a rupture of diplomatic relations if the country is declared a state sponsor of terrorism due to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
“Any action provokes a reaction and the logical result of this irresponsible step could be the rupture of diplomatic relations,” Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press conference.
The representative stressed that “Washington risks definitively crossing the point of no return with all the corresponding consequences”.
Zakharova assured that the legal initiative of US congressmen “contravenes international law”. “It is possible that senators and congressmen will see it as a terrible punishment capable of forcing Russia to live according to a world order invented by the United States,” she added.
The initiative was confirmed last week by the White House (US Presidency), but according to several local media, the US State Department has not yet approved the measure.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the West to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorism, and on the same scale that has been attributed to Iran or North Korea.
Zelensky, with the alleged aim of preventing further civilian casualties, ordered the evacuation of the population from Kyiv-controlled areas in the Donbass region (eastern Ukraine).
Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of killing 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a prison last Friday controlled by Russian-speaking Donetsk separatists.
Zelensky has accused Russia of attacking civilian targets across the country, a claim denied by Moscow, which also denounces Ukrainian army bombings of residential areas of Donbass included in the self-proclaimed separatist people’s republics.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed more than 5,200 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing Russia of sanctions that affect practically all sectors, from banking to sports.
Source: With Agencies