WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after reports of being sanctioned by the Russian government.
"In the year since I was last sanctioned by President Putin, my active and vocal support for Ukraine has only increased. Today's report from Moscow about my name appearing on a new sanctions list will not deter me whatsoever in my outspoken defense of Ukraine, and in support of their democracy, sovereignty, and right to self-defense. While the United States sanctioned Russians who violated Ukrainian sovereignty and committed human rights violations, Russia's punitive response is arbitrary. My advocacy for Ukraine's freedom will never waver and if that means appearing on this list next year for a third time, that is a price well worth paying."