The US Senate passed a resolution in support of Ukraine

Katerina Komolova 07:44, 18.02.22 UNIAN

The vote was unanimous.

Senators refrain from taking sanctions against Russia / photo Flickr / John BrighentiSenators refrain from taking sanctions against Russia / photo Flickr / John Brighenti

The US Senate  approved a resolution in support of independent Ukraine and condemned Russia’s military aggression.

The vote was unanimous, without objections, reports AP News .

The senators ‘resolution has no force of law, but officially declares “the United States’ unwavering support for a secure, democratic, and independent Ukraine” and “condemns the increase in Russian military power” on the border with Ukraine.

“Congress is united in its support for Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty,” said Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio, presenting the resolution with Democratic Sen. Gene Shehin of New Hampshire and others.

The senators have been trying all week to respond to rising tensions in the region, with many seeking to go further and impose sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin that would affect the Russian economy.

However, amid diplomatic efforts, senators refrained from imposing sanctions, relying on the White House strategy.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., right, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, is joined at left by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis

The adopted resolution calls on US President Joe Biden to force the US government to use all available tools to impose “significant costs” on Russia and “restore peace in Europe”.

However, the final text states that the resolution should not be interpreted as allowing the use of military force against Russia or the introduction of US forces in Ukraine.

The senators said the administration could impose sanctions on its own, regardless of Congress.

As UNIAN reported, earlier this week, a group of senators led by Idaho Republican Jim Rishm passed the “Law on the territory of Europe, which is never surrendered” (NYET), designed to support Ukraine and deter Russian aggression.

The US Senate also allowed the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russia in advance , before its invasion of Ukraine.

10 comments

  1. Even that commie dandruff factory Bernie and the shock jock Rand Paul voted for it. Too bad there’s no sanctions in it though. There is still some tradition that foreign policy is left up to the President but I’m not sure the Senate is going to be patient about that. Nevertheless it is such a good signal to Putin that DC is unified against his fascism, imperialism and adventurism, and other isms we won’t mention here…;)

  2. The senators ‘resolution has no force of law, but officially declares “the United States’ unwavering support for a secure, democratic, and independent Ukraine”

    So, what’s the point, exactly? The US has declared its unwavering support for Ukraine for a long time already. So what?
    What IS important is how this support is made into action. This resolution is a waste of valuable time.

  3. What many idiots in the Senate do not understand is that Nato will be defended in Ukraine. We can send some military to help defend Ukraine from within, without targeting the RuSSian Federation, including Crimea. Because if Ukraine will fall, Putin will go after the Baltic States, and that would be either WWIII or the end of Nato.

      • I agree NATO is dead. With the likes of Germany, France and Hungary, who gives a flying f**k about this group. Ukraine needs to forget this crap and understand who their friends are and have similar objectives.
        до біса Німеччина

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