U.S. Senate reaffirms non-recognition of Russia’s
attempted annexation of Crimea and calls for maintenance of sanctions against
the Russian Federation. U.S. Senator and Senate Ukraine Caucus Co-Chair Robert
Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Senator and the Caucus Vice-Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
have introduced a bipartisan resolution ‘Condemning illegal Russian aggression
in Ukraine on the three year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea’.
The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. John
McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Bob Casey (D-PA), Amy Klobuchar
(D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE),
Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Cory
The resolution follows the three-year anniversary
of Russia’s attempt to illegally annex Crimea and considers the illegal Russian
military occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine an affront to international
norms, an unprovoked aggression, and a threat to regional stability.
The U.S. Senate reaffirms the commitment of the
United States to the Budapest Memorandum on security assurances and reiterates
that it is the policy of the United States not to recognize the de jure or de
facto sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea, its airspace, or its
The Senators stand for continued support to
Ukraine, including increased economic sanctions against Russia, defensive
lethal assistance to our state, and democracy and humanitarian assistance, as
authorized by relevant legislation passed by the U.S. Congress.
We are grateful to our friends in the United States
Senate for their yet another powerful demonstration of support to the Ukrainian
people counteracting the continuing Russian aggression.