Washington, DC – Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the steps the United States and its allies will take to inflict severe repercussions:

“I firmly support the unified, multilateral responses to Putin’s heinous attack on Ukraine, actions that President Biden laid out in his address to the nation today. These financial measures, as well as the additional options the President is considering, are only the beginning of the unprecedented cost Vladimir Putin is inflicting upon himself, his cronies, and the Russian people.

“If President Putin does not bring an end to this senseless and unprovoked war, the United States and our allies around the world will continue to increase pressure in lockstep.  The costs imposed on Russia with these sanctions, export controls, and other measures will be severe, but they cannot make up for the tragic loss of life wrought by Putin’s hand.

“In this dark hour, we will continue to support the Ukrainian people through assistance, and through further punitive measures on Russia, the architects of its kleptocracy, and on Putin himself.”