CNN mentions that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a request to US President Joe Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a request to US President Joe Biden in one of their recent phone conversations to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, according to a person familiar with the matter.
US officials have previously declined to rule out adding Russia to the list of state sponsors of terror, which right now includes North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Iran.
This article mentions what designating a state sponsor of terrorism might imply:
Designating a country as a state sponsor of terrorism would hurt the target country’s financial system, potentially:
- freezing of the country’s assets in the United States, including real estate;
- requiring the U.S. to veto efforts of that country to secure World Bank or International Monetary Fund loans;
- prohibiting a wide variety of dual-use exports;
- requiring the U.S. to take economic action against countries that continue to do business with the targeted country.
The same article mentions that at least one terrorist group (as designated by the US) is being helped by Russia:
Russia provides sanctuary to a U.S.-designated terrorist group, the Russian Imperial Movement
Except for the last point which could involve European countries that are kind of forced to do business with Russia (i.e. buy natural gas and oil), all the others seem to be quite close to already imposed sanctions: money freezing, very unlikely for Russia to receive a loan from the World Bank or IMF (I guess), US banned oil imports from Russia and revoked Russia’s trade status.
Considering these, what keeps the US from designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism?
Note: this question is very close to what I am asking, but the context has dramatically changed since 2014 (full-scale invasion, huge sanctions already in place for Russia).