Russia's Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision but pointed out that it took US Congressmen quite some time to see Ukraine's ultra-nationalists for who they really were. US Congressman John Conyers referred to the Azov fighters as "repulsive."
"It took US Congress over a year to see that the [Azov] battalion is a band of sheer Nazis, sporting the emblem used by Hitler's SS and acting like vigilantes on an occupied territory. But it is better late than never," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.
"It is evident that other militias within Ukraine's National Guard are no better than Azov. Bloody crimes committed by the Ukrainian nationalists, who burned Odessa residents alive and continue killing women and children in Donbass, have long spoken for themselves," Lukashevich noted.
The question is when Washington would wish to admit this.