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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Security Cooperation regional, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), chairman of the Ukrainian Senate Caucus, led a bipartisan group of senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Chairman and ranking member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jim Risch (R-ID), and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the new bipartisan resolution in support of Ukraine amid heightened Russian aggression.
The senators’ resolution is a renewed bipartisan message from the U.S. Senate for fierce support for the U.S.’s Ukrainian partners in response to Vladimir Putin’s escalating aggression.
“This bipartisan step is clear in its support for the Ukrainian people to choose their own path peacefully, as well as in the serious economic and diplomatic consequences for Putin if he further destabilizes European security,” Durbin said. “The Russian people deserve better than Putin’s distorted and selfish pursuit of Soviet nostalgia – and their own political survival – at their expense.”
“The United States has never wavered in favor of Ukraine in response to Putin’s campaign of violence and aggression. As the threat of a Russian invasion looms over Ukraine, we are united in the urgent need to provide military assistance so that Ukraine can defend itself and align closely with our European allies to prepare punitive measures if Putin sets foot on Ukrainian territory,” Shaheen said. “This is the greatest national security threat that the United States, Europe and our global community have faced from Russia since the end of the Cold War, so our response must be carefully calculated. It is not a question of “if” but of “how” we will respond to Putin, and there is always a bipartisan desire to do so. Our resolution reaffirms this commitment and is a direct message to Ukraine and to Russia on the position of the United States.
“This Congress is united in its support for Ukrainian independence and sovereignty. This resolution allows us to speak with one voice to denounce the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and reaffirm our bipartisan commitment to impose significant costs on Russia should it choose to invade our ally. I hope this will send a strong signal to Russia that the world is united behind Ukraine’s independence and freedom,” said Portman.
“As this resolution makes clear, if Putin decides to invade Ukraine further, there is very little clarity between Republicans and Democrats. We support tough sanctions and agree with President Biden that Putin will be held accountable if he re-invades. Building on yesterday’s joint bipartisan statement from the Senate National Security Leaders, this effort continues to recognize the importance of showing a united front against Putin at this critical time,” said Menendez. “Whatever Russia decides, what is clear now is that Putin has failed in his goal of dividing the West. The resounding response to his military build-up has shown that NATO is stronger, that the alliance between the United States and Europe is stronger and that together we will continue to stand up to the unwarranted bullying of sovereign nations.
“In its 30th year of independence, Ukraine faces the possibility of another invasion from its neighbor Russia,” Risch said. “This resolution makes it clear that such actions are unacceptable and will receive a clear and unified response from the United States. On this day of unity, we stand with the Ukrainian people.
“Vladimir Putin is testing the waters in Ukraine to see how far he can fare, and the rest of the world is watching,” Corny said. “We must ensure that Ukrainian forces have the resources and support they need to deter – and defend – against Russian invasion, and I hope the Senate will take action soon to reaffirm the position of the America as the primary advocate for global peace and security.”
The text of the resolution is available here.
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