US Senator Menendez called on Obama to implement Ukraine Freedom Support Act
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the White House to implement the provisions of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act adopted last December.
The Senator announced the news in the statement published on his personal web page, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Russian-supplied proxies in eastern Ukraine continue to cause havoc on the lives of innocent people in the region, as well as impede prospects for regional peace,” the American lawmaker said. He expressed indignation at shelling of a passenger bus near Volnovakha town.
He also said kidnapping and imprisonment in Russia of Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, who has been on a hunger strike, is “unacceptable.” “Her immediate release is absolutely critical,” he said in the statement.
“These most recent attacks by Russian-supported forces serve as further proof that the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 which passed Congress unanimously and was signed into law (by the President-ed.) in December must be fully implemented,” Robert Menendez said.
He reminded the law imposed sanctions on Russian defense sector and authorized the President to impose sanctions on the energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy. Moreover, the act authorized increased military and non-military assistance for Ukraine.
“I urge the Administration to fully implement this legislation to demonstrate through verifiable action our fight against President Putin’s upending of the international order, and to create the conditions for a more democratic and peaceful Ukraine.” the Senator said.