Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement urging President Obama to respond to Russia’s actions in Syria, which includes more than 140 sorties, the launching of long range cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea, and coordinating operations with Syrian regime and Iranian-backed ground forces.

Chairman Royce said: “Putin has taken more action in two weeks in Syria than Obama has in two years.  The Russians are quickly undermining U.S. influence in the region and even violating NATO’s airspace by freely overflying Turkey.  And all of this being planned and coordinated with Iran.  U.S. partners in the region are dismayed.  Our Defense Secretary is criticizing the Russian strategy, but where is ours?  The American people, Congress, and our allies are waiting.  Brutalized Syrians are waiting.”