Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemning Russia’s aggression on the Ukraine border:
“We are deeply concerned by Russia’s aggressive military buildup in and around Ukraine. Support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the U.S. Congress is unwavering and bipartisan.
“We stand ready to work with the Administration and our transatlantic allies to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including by imposing serious new sanctions on Russia should it continue its invasion into Ukraine. Moreover, as tens of thousands of Russian troops amass on Ukraine’s border, we also support sending additional lethal and nonlethal military equipment to Ukraine. We also remain firmly committed to the security of our NATO allies, especially those in Eastern Europe that face down the threat posed by Putin’s Russia every day.“Russia is the aggressor in its attempts to undermine European security, not Ukraine or NATO. In response to Russian saber-rattling, there can be no concessions made at the expense of Ukraine or NATO’s posture on the eastern flank for Vladimir Putin’s regime."