Military assistance to Ukraine and the special operation in the Black Sea: the US Senate will consider the anti-Russian resolution
In addition, the senators appealed to NATO to strengthen the presence and capabilities of the Alliance in the Black Sea.
The US Senate presented a resolution calling for increased defense assistance to Ukraine and supported the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US said.
"In a document put on the agenda of the current Congress by a group of nearly seven dozen Republican and Democratic senators, lawmakers urge the US President to take advantage of the 2018 US National Defense Budget Act to strengthen the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and provision of additional security policy and support to our country through the appropriate programs of the State Department and the Pentagon, especially with the aim of strengthening Ukraine's maritime capabilities to prevent and repel further Russian aggression, ”the message says.
The Senate called on the US President to immediately conduct a joint operation with American allies to ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea in order to demonstrate support for internationally recognized borders, bilateral agreements and the principle of safe passage of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.
In addition, the senators appealed to NATO to strengthen the presence and capabilities of the Alliance in the Black Sea, including on monitoring the situation at sea and coastal defense. Separately, lawmakers urge allies and partners in Europe to refuse Russian Navy ships to call at their ports to replenish stocks and refuel.
The resolution notes that the sanctions against Russia, which are the direct result of the actions of the government of the country, will continue to operate and strengthen until the behavior of Russia properly changes.
Senators also welcomed and supported the resolution of the European Parliament on December 12 2018, condemning Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait and are calling for the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 because of its threat to Europe's energy security.
Note that then the Americans themselves did not stand aside. On December 11, the US House of Representatives also called for the imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. In the adopted resolution, the United States calls on the EU countries to abandon the construction of the Russian gas pipeline, and also wants sanctions against this project within the framework of the CAATSA (“On Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions”) law.
In addition, the United States adopted a resolution on Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait, which calls on Russia to return Ukraine captured sailors and ships, stop blocking shipping to and from Ukrainian ports through the Kerch Strait. They also expressed their commitment to helping Ukraine, both military and political-economic.
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