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Senate passes Durbin-Coats rebuke of Russia

The U.S. Senate approved a resolution Tuesday evening rebuking Russia for deploying military forces to Ukraine.

The legislation introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dan Coats, R-Ind., was passed by unanimous consent without debate or a roll-call vote.

“The passage of this resolution shows that there is strong, bipartisan support for isolating and punishing Russia,” Coats said in a statement. “While only a first step, this resolution sends a message to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that invading your neighbors and behaving like a bully on the playground is unacceptable.”

The Durbin-Coats resolution would, among other things, demand that Russia remove its forces from Ukraine, urge President Barack Obama to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia, propose that the Group of Eight industrial nations and NATO suspend Russia’s representation in the two entities, call for an international observer mission in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine and ask that international soccer’s governing body reconsider its decision to place World Cup matches in Russia in 2018.

The resolution also would bolster Ukraine’s efforts to link closer with Europe and would offer the nation economic support, including loan guarantees.

bfrancisco@jg.net

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