Kinzinger resolution condemns Russian aggression

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, released the following statement Dec. 4 after the House approved his legislation, House Resoluation 758, a resolution condemning Russia for its policy of political, economic and military aggression against neighboring countries. The legislation calls on Russia to reverse its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and remove its military forces and equipment from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Additionally, H.R. 758 encourages NATO allies and U.S. partners in Europe to suspend all military cooperation with Russia. The resolution passed the House 411-10.

The Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin has resorted to old Cold War tactics of bullying and intimidation,” said Kinzinger. “After seeing what has happened in Ukraine, the United States cannot stand by and tolerate this naked aggression. It’s important for the House of Representatives to publicly denounce Russian hostilities, and I’m glad that H.R. 758 has passed with such overwhelming support.”

In 2009, President Barack Obama announced intentions to “reset” relations with Russia, including agreements on common interests and the negotiation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Russia responded to this with openly anti-American rhetoric and actions against U.S. allies, and President Vladimir Putin has increasingly established an authoritarian regime throughout the country.

In addition to introducing H.R. 758, earlier this year, Kinzinger joined a bipartisan effort to sanction Russian arms dealers and wrote multiple letters urging President Obama to oppose the sale of French warships to Russia.

Watch Rep. Kinzinger’s floor speech on the legislation HERE.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

6 thoughts on “Kinzinger resolution condemns Russian aggression

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Editor’s note: This comment has been edited for explicit language.
    [Forget] this WarHawk. This guy wants to be the next John “ISIS” McCain. JFC, IF YOU WANT WAR SO BAD, JOIN BACK UP AND GO BACK OVER THERE. AND IM A CONSERVATIVE THAT IS SICK OF OUR WAR-MONGERING!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

    This resolution is an act of aggression against Russian people 85% of whom support President Vladimir Putin.

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Well Adam, if you really feel that strongly about it, here’s your rifle, and here’s your parachute. We ran out of the camo uniforms, so here is a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA’s torture facilities. Watch your head climbing into that transpport plane and we will call Vladimir Putin and tell him you are on your way to kick his butt all by yourself.

    But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

    We The People remember the lies about Saddam’s nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

    We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

    We The People remember how there weren’t really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havane Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

    In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples’ children. Let’s see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

    You first!

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This Rant…I mean…resolution authored by Adam Kinzinger goes a long way at establishing rant style diplomacy, which has apparently replaced gun boat diplomacy in our written warfare internet age, as opposed to the level headed, disciplined, and steady strength approach established by Ronald Reagan. Mr. Kinzinger is allowing pride and ego to rule his decision making and his failure at international diplomacy and the continued use of such is going to prove damaging for years to come, especially when we have to deal in strength and discipline with our adversaries. The Russians didn’t need a carrot or a stick. They needed a public rebuke that didn’t incite them to want to start a war.

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    President Reagan said this about the projection of American Power Internationally.

    “It is not equality in power that reduces hostility and conflict, rather it is power, dominance or submission. Peace is purchased by making yourself stronger than your adversary, or by dismantling power and submitting to one’s enemies.”

    “Power is not only sufficient military strength, but a sound economy, a reliable energy supply and credibility. The belief by any potential enemy that you will not chose surrender as the way to maintain peace.”

    If we want to project liberty around the world then we must first fix our problems here at home and while fixing them work with our strengths to oppose Vladamir Putin’s Russian Expansionist visions in Europe and the Middle East.

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    These articles within the resolution are threats and should have been stricken.

    “Whereas the United States reaffirms its obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, especially Article 5 which states that an armed attack against one or more of the treaty signatories shall be considered an attack against them all;”

    “urges the President, in consultation with Congress, to conduct a review of the force posture, readiness, and responsibilities of United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each are sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self-defense under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies;”

    Everyone knows we have treaties with NATO nations. What was the purpose of reiterating this in this resolution? Agitation? Reiteration of this merely seeks to establish a threat posture as opposed to a diplomatic posture in writing.

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