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House Passes Kinzinger Resolution Condemning Russian Aggression

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Washington, December 4, 2014 | Austin Weatherford (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today released the following statement after the House approved his legislation, H.Res. 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.Res. 758 encourages our NATO allies and US partners in Europe to suspend all military cooperation with Russia. The resolution passed the House 411 votes to 10.

“The Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin has resorted to old Cold War tactics of bullying and intimidation,” said Congressman 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.Res. 758 has passed with such overwhelming support.”

In 2009, President 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 US allies, and President Vladimir Putin has increasingly established an authoritarian regime throughout the country.

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

You can watch Rep. Kinzinger’s floor speech on the legislation here.
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