WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), to introduce a resolution condemning the Russian military siege of Crimea, calling for a withdrawal of those troops, and a negotiated settlement to any concerns regarding the Crimea. It also urges the administration and European Union to use a range of economic and diplomatic leverage against Russia should it fail to abide by these basic economic norms.
“As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have been following this issue closely and am deeply concerned with Russia’s actions, which are in clear violation of existing treaties and agreements,” Warner said. “We need to work closely with our NATO allies to demonstrate that Russian military aggression will not be tolerated in Ukraine. All Americans and our allies need to stand together so that we can resolve this crisis.”
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region is a blatant affront to international norms and agreements that, if not reversed, demands a forceful economic and diplomatic response,” said Kaine. “I’m pleased to join my Senate colleagues in condemning Russia’s actions and urge the administration to continue pursuing all available economic and political levers to punish this behavior. Ukraine deserves a future where its citizens are free to exercise their sovereign, democratic right to pursue domestic and foreign policies without outside interference.”
Full text of the resolution is below: