>"We have to take into account the consequences, both the intended and the unintended. And that has led us to the approach we've taken here," said [State Department Spokesman Ned] Price.
From earlier this month:
>The White House National Security Council said it is concerned about cascading consequences from potentially designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
>Designating Russia, a step that would bring about new sanctions and defense export restrictions, would send diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington to an all-time low, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry North American Department director, Alexander Darchiev.
>“Washington would have to cross the point of no return, with the most serious collateral damage to bilateral diplomatic relations, up to their lowering or even breaking them off,” Darchiev said in a TASS interview last month. “The U.S. side has been warned.”