NEWSWATCH: “Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?” – New York Times/Senator Cory Gardner

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“… The State Department should consider adding [Russia] to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, alongside its close allies Iran and Syria. … Russia has invaded … Georgia and Ukraine … supports the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad and our enemies in Afghanistan … is engaged in active information warfare against Western democracies, including meddling in the 2016 United States elections. … the Organization for Prevention of Chemical Weapons announced that the Kremlin had crossed yet another previously unimaginable line, when it confirmed findings by the British government that a Russian military-grade nerve agent … was used to poison … former Russian intelligence agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter …. result[ing] in the hospitalization of British law enforcement officials … [and] bystanders. Russia has denied the charges, but the evidence is overwhelming. … Russia is now officially responsible for a chemical weapons attack against a NATO member state …. on the heels of horrendous chemical weapons attacks by … Assad against his own people ….”

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