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Statements on Ukraine - Congressional

Poroshenko meets with seven US congressmen from two parties
May 10, 2017

"During the meeting, the necessity of maintaining and strengthening international sanctions with regard to the Russian Federation until full compliance with the Minsk agreements and restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea was discussed, a message reads.

The sides also discussed intensification of cooperation in strengthening Ukraine's defense capability". 

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Citing Russian Aggression, Portman & Bipartisan Colleagues Ask Administration to First Engage with Ukraine and Other Longstanding Allies
May 8, 2017 


COLUMBUS, OH - U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to President Trump encouraging him to prioritize meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 conference in July.  Identifying the importance of engaging longstanding American allies as a priority for the foreign policy agenda of the new Administration, the letter also recommends increased support for institutions and European governments that help preserve the international order.

"As your Administration continues to formulate policies to promote American national security and foreign policy interests, we are writing to strongly encourage you to engage with our traditional allies and prioritize meeting with foreign leaders representing countries with whom we share historical ties, democratic valise, and mutual interests," wrote the senators. "Meeting with democratically elected representatives from Ukraine would send a strong signal that the United States continues to prioritize our relationship with longstanding allies, and will continue our commitments to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing aggression."

Portman was joined in sending the letter by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Casey (D-PA), James Inhofe (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

The full text of the letter is available below.

Dear President Trump:

As your Administration continues to formulate policies to promote American national security and foreign policy interests, we are writing to strongly encourage you to engage our traditional allies and prioritize meeting foreign leaders representing countries with whom we share historical ties, democratic values, and mutual interests.  

We were pleased to see Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attend the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in March after public reports indicated that he might not. We believe it is critical for the United States to maintain high level engagement with our most important allies, and Secretary Tillerson's participation in this meeting and others like it signals our commitment to our friends and our adversaries alike.
 
Many of our allies in Europe are anxiously awaiting policy direction from your Administration about our commitments to NATO and other institutions that preserve the international order that has served as the framework for international stability and security since the end of the Second World War. Specifically, along with our most stalwart allies in Europe, we remain concerned about Russia's continued military aggression in Eastern Ukraine and ongoing occupation of Crimea. Because of Russia's destabilizing influence, approximately 10,000 people have been killed, over 20,000 wounded, and nearly 2 million internally displaced since 2014. This kind of instability can have far-reaching consequences for our allies and our interests in the region.

In this vein, we strongly encourage you to meet with senior leaders from Ukraine, including President Petro Poroshenko, in advance of any official meetings with senior Russian officials including Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meeting with democratically elected representatives from Ukraine would send a strong signal that the United States continues to prioritize our relationship with longstanding allies, and will continue our commitments to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing aggression.

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U.S. Congressmen Support Ukraine; U.S. Troops
April 13, 2017

Yavoriv, Ukraine — A congressional delegation including Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., all of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., of the House Committee on Appropriations, visited the combat training center near Yavoriv, Ukraine this week to survey the progress of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

"…I want people to understand how vitally important it is to American interests that we help Ukraine.... every nation on the western border of Ukraine is a NATO ally and it is in all of our best interests that Ukraine be successful in this endeavor," said Rep. Rogers. "We, the congress in particular, fully support Ukraine."

To read article in full:  CLICK HERE


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Roskam to Tillerson: Ukraine Matters
April 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam (IL-6) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today to express his strong support for Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.

“As you conclude your official visit to Europe and the Russian Federation, I write to express my strong support for Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. The United States must do everything we can to stop Russia’s hybrid warfare against Ukraine. As Vladimir Putin seeks to destabilize Europe, undermine democratic governments across the region, and rebuild an expansionist Russian empire, the U.S. and our allies must remain resolute in our commitment to the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian democracy.”

To read full letter: CLICK HERE


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Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Ukraine Comments
April 12, 2017

Washington, D.C.—Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Sander Levin (D-MI), today issued the following statement in response to reported comments by Secretary of State Tillerson on Ukraine:

“We are deeply concerned with the reported question asked by Secretary of State Tillerson ‘Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?’ It is abundantly clear that the U.S. has a major security interest in a free and democratic Ukraine, one not subject to Russian aggression…It is imperative that the United States stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated time and again their shared values for sovereignty, human rights, and the rule of law.”

To read statement in full: CLICK HERE


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Boyle & Fitzpatrick Introduce Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act
April 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Brian K. Fitzpatrick (PA-8) introduced H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, legislation to encourage cooperation between the United States and Ukraine on matters of cybersecurity.

“…It is past time we step up to work with our ally Ukraine in furtherance of our mutual interest in cyber security, the modern battlefield,” said Congressman Boyle. “Ukraine is a frontline for nation state-directed cyber-attacks, which are potential harbingers of attacks on the United States. Helping Ukraine strengthen its cyber defenses will not only protect Ukraine from future attacks, but it will also help the United States develop new and more effective technologies and strategies.” 

To read article in full: CLICK HERE


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Statement by SASC Chairman John McCain on Anti-Corruption Progress in Ukraine
March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the arrest of Roman Nasirov, Ukraine’s top tax official and director of the State Fiscal Service, pending embezzlement charges: “The arrest of Roman Nasirov, Ukraine’s top tax official and director of the State Fiscal Service, pending embezzlement charges is a positive step forward for the Government of Ukraine in its fight against the corruption. The National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) has done commendable work on this investigation and in its tireless efforts to tackle official corruption.”

To read statement in full: CLICK HERE


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Quigley Statement on Meeting with President Poroshenko in Ukraine
February 22, 2017

Ukraine—Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the below statement following his meeting with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko: “…We must stand by our friends in Ukraine as they stay the course on what is undoubtedly a long road toward a stable democracy, and we can do our part by preserving and enhancing international sanctions against Russia. The Trump Administration’s consideration to remove sanctions on Russia is dangerous, misguided, and damages U.S. global creditability, as it shortsightedly eliminates any leverage we have on the Kremlin.”

To read statement in full: CLICK HERE


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Kaptur introduces bipartisan House Resolution calling on Russia to stop the bombing and violent attacks in eastern Ukraine
February 3, 2017 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a founding Co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, today introduced a resolution calling on Russia to stop violating the agreed upon cease fire, and stop the violence in eastern Ukraine. The resolution comes after the aggressive escalation of attacks by Russia on Avdiivka in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine.

The resolution was introduced with fellow Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Andy Harris (MD-01), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-09). Additionally, Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs put out a statement condemning the violence yesterday.  To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE

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SASC Chairman John McCain Urges President Trump to Provide Defensive Lethal Assistance to Ukraine 
February 2, 2017 


Washington, D.C. 
­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Donald Trump yesterday raising concerns about Russia’s recent attacks against Ukraine, and urging the president to provide the defensive lethal assistance the Ukrainian forces need to defend themselves. 

“Vladimir Putin’s violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response,” writes Chairman McCain..." To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE


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Bipartisan Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ukraine 
February 2, 2017 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Sander Levin (D-MI), today issued the following statement on the escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine:

“We call on Russia-controlled separatists to immediately stop the violence in Eastern Ukraine, honor the ceasefire, and withdraw heavy weapons. We reaffirm our support for the Minsk accords, and stand in strong opposition to all efforts that would encourage military action against Ukraine... "     To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE


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Cardin Statement in Escalation of Violence in Ukraine 
February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday amid escalating violence in Ukraine:

“In recent days, there has been a sharp spike in violence in Ukraine, and I mourn the loss of eight Ukrainian servicemembers who have been killed in the fighting.  The United States needs to stand up for principles.  I call upon Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine to abide by the terms of the Minsk protocols and immediately cease the violence, which affects so many civilians in the region. It is incumbent upon the Senate to clearly express its support for the sovereignty of Ukrainian and solidarity with our close allies in Europe.  That is why I was glad to work with Senator McCain and eight other colleagues on a bipartisan basis on legislation to codify existing sanctions into law as well as increase pressure on Russia to comply with its international commitments.  The Senate must move on this legislation.”  Source

 


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