UWC welcomes Bipartisan Resolution by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee condemning Russian Federation’s illegal occupation of Crimea
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the passage on 26 July 2018 of the Bipartisan Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly condemning the Russian Federation’s illegal occupation of Crimea.
The Resolution states, in part, that the Senate:
(1) reiterates that Crimea is part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine;
(2) stresses that United States policy should remain that Crimea is part of Ukraine and should be to reject attempts to change the status, demographics or political nature of Crimea;
(6) urges the United States government in coordination with the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and members of the international community, to prioritize efforts to prevent the further consolidation of illegal occupying powers in Crimea, reaffirm unified opposition to the actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea, and secure the human rights of individuals there;
The Resolution, co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus,and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wholly supports the reaffirmation on 25 July 2018 by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the refusal of the United States to recognize the occupation by the Russian Federation of Crimea and the pledge to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restore
Other co-sponsors of the Resolution included Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA); Dick Durbin (D-IL.); Marco Rubio (R-FL); Chris Coons (D-DE); Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Ed Markey (D-MA.); Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“The Ukrainian World Congress commends the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee for its principled position, and urges the U.S. Senate to expedite the ratification the Resolution and strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation until Crimea is returned to Ukrainian control,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.