Feb 07 2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) issued the following statement announcing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up S. Res. 27, a resolution calling for the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and, in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, supporting a multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea, at the committee’s next business meeting:
“We are pleased to announce that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be taking up S. Res. 27 at the committee’s next business meeting. The United States and our allies in Europe must respond to Russian provocations with strength and resolve. As cosponsors of this resolution, we look forward to working with the administration and our allies and partners to increase Ukraine’s defense capabilities, ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea, and to put the appropriate policies in place to deter the Russian Federation from further acts of aggression. Projects such as the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are a threat to European energy security, and we agree with the European Parliament that it should be canceled.”
Text of the resolution can be found here.
Senators Risch and Menendez are chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Johnson and Sen. Shaheen are chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation. Sen. Durbin is Senate Minority Whip.