Chairman Menendez Outlines Framework for Legislative Action on Ukraine
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Bogota, Colombia – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement and outlined this framework for legislative action on Ukraine:
“The violence and oppression in Ukraine is spiraling out of control as peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv's Maidan Square are brutalized and killed by government forces. We in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have monitored these developments closely, from holding a hearing last month to introducing a bipartisan resolution expressing deep concern for the undemocratic rule and abuse of individual rights in Ukraine. Only President Yanukovych can put an end to the mayhem that he has unleashed in the Ukrainian capital, but we will not stand idly by while the Ukrainian people are targeted and killed on their own streets. I regret that it has come to this, but I have consulted with my colleagues on the committee and in the days ahead we will take legislative action that will incorporate the following elements:
- Supporting the Administration’s actions and advocating for asset freezes of Ukrainian officials determined to have sanctioned or carried out state-sanctioned violence against peaceful protesters.
- Supporting the Administration’s actions and advocating for visa bans of any Ukrainian officials determined to have sanctioned or carried out state-sanctioned violence against peaceful protestors.
- Increasing support immediately for democracy, civil society actors, and independent journalists.
- Discontinuing assistance temporarily to any organizations possibly involved in repression and violence until necessary reviews is completed.