Katerina Komolova 07:44, 18.02.22 UNIAN
The vote was unanimous.
Senators 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.
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.
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.