WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution condemning Russia’s recent attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait and calling for the immediate release of all Ukrainian sailors. U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, introduced the resolution earlier this week.
“The Senate took action and sent a clear message to Putin that his government’s aggression against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov will not be tolerated. We strongly condemn any military action taken by Russia to unilaterally rewrite international rules,” said Murphy.
“Vladimir Putin is testing the West, and he needs to know we will not stand for this sort of provocation. I am pleased the Senate spoke with one voice to reaffirm our support for the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian government and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and make it clear that Russia’s aggression cannot be tolerated,” said Johnson.
Full text of the resolution can be found here.