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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