If Biden were to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, it would remove sovereign-immunity protections and allow for the country to be sued for civil damages.
His comments came during a visit to Stockholm, Sweden, as the country’s governing Social Democratic Party announced that it would vote in favor of joining NATO just hours after Finland said it would apply to do the same.
McConnell added that he supported Sweden and Finland’s potential applications to join NATO and said that the United States “ought to be first to ratify the treaty for both these countries to join.”
The surprise visit was revealed by Zelensky in a video posted to Facebook, which included a statement thanking the Republican senators for leadership “in helping us fight not only for our country but for democratic values and freedoms.”
“Helping Ukraine is not an instance of mere philanthropy — it bears directly on America’s national security and vital interests that Russia’s naked aggression not succeed and carries significant costs,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday.
“If Ukraine fails to repel Russian aggression, there is no question that the threat to American and European security will grow.”