SHAHEEN CALLS ON PRESIDENT FOR NEW, INCREASED SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

Amid Russia’s ongoing involvement in Ukraine, Shaheen calls on President to work with NATO allies to bolster action against Russia, provide weapons assistance

September 04, 2014

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, is calling on President Barack Obama to work with international counterparts while at the NATO summit in Wales to address Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine and bolster the international response.  

“As the United States gathers with our allies, we must address Russia’s illegal disregard for international norms and agreements and reaffirm our support of Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity,” Shaheen said. “Russia’s ongoing military actions in the east of Ukraine are an affront to the basic principles of sovereignty that have underpinned security in Europe and around the world for decades and require a strong international response from the U.S. and Europe, complete with a new and tougher set of sanctions on Russia and security and weapons assistance to Ukraine.”

Shaheen continued, “The United States must lead this effort, and I call on President Obama to use the NATO summit as an opportunity to issue new and increased sanctions on full sectors of the Russian economy, including the energy and financial sectors, to send the clear message to Moscow that its military intervention and bullying inside Ukraine will not be tolerated.”

Earlier this year, Shaheen voted to authorize U.S. sanctions on Russia and provide assistance to the people Ukraine and has spoken on the Senate floor condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea.