Republicans released a statement in connection with Russia’s hostile actions against Ukraine.
Republican Congressmen Jim Risch, one of the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Michael McCaul, deputy chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented on Friday on the massive build-up of Russian military power on the border with Ukraine and in the illegally occupied Crimea, the intensification of hostilities in eastern Ukraine and the disinformation campaign conducted by Moscow against Kyiv.
The lawmakers expressed their full support for “our strategic partner Ukraine” in the face of the Kremlin’s “hostile and destabilizing behavior.” According to the authors of the statement, the United States will never recognize the illegal occupation of Crimea and condemns Moscow’s aggression and the actions of the puppet Russian forces in the Donbas.
Risch and McCaul stressed that they are pleased with the harsh statements made by the United States and NATO on this issue. Still, in their opinion, the Biden administration should back up this tough rhetoric with equally decisive actions, including by strengthening the naval presence in the Black Sea, increasing the number of exercises with regional allies and partners, developing a stronger and more sustainable regional security architecture, and increasing security assistance to Kyiv, including through the supply of lethal weapons.”
Also, the lawmakers noted that they would like to see the United States take action to stop the construction of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline.
“This project is a key source of Russia’s harmful influence, and one of its main goals is to undermine the security of Ukraine. Therefore, we call on the Biden administration to immediately submit an interim report to Congress that fully implements the sanctions provided for in the European Energy Security Protection Act, as amended,” Risch and McCaul said.