Gardner Reintroduces Legislation to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently reintroduced S. 2780, a bill he authored to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made by the Secretary of State for countries that “have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism” and currently includes North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.  The State Department designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror on November 20, 2017, following a similar requirement that was included as part of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act, enacted into law on August 2, 2017.  

“Vladimir Putin continues to try to cause grievous harm to international peace and stability which is why I have reintroduced my critical legislation directing the State Department to consider naming Russia what they are – a state sponsor of terror,” said Senator Gardner. “The United States must continue to take strong action against Putin’s Russia. Under Putin’s leadership, Russia has invaded Ukraine, enabled Bashar al-Assad to carry out chemical weapon attacks on the Syrian people, meddled in the 2016 United States elections, and were responsible for a deadly chemical weapons attack on British soil that killed a UK citizen and harmed numerous others. Unless Russia fundamentally changes its behavior, we must not repeat the mistakes of past Administrations of trying to normalize relations with a nation that continues to pose a serious threat to the United States and our allies.” 

According to the State Department, the penalties for the designation include “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.”

Learn more on Senator Gardner’s actions toward Russia here.

Read Senator Gardner’s Op-ed in the New York Times on why the State Department should consider if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.