Connolly Introduces Connolly-Chabot Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act
Washington, DC, January 5, 2015
Rep. Gerry Connolly introduced legislation prohibiting federal agencies from taking action that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea. Identical legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress last November. Read more.
On Tuesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly introduced legislation prohibiting federal agencies from taking action that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea. Identical legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress last November.
“The United States must lead the way in refusing to recognize or legitimize the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation,” said Rep. Connolly. “Failure to stand up against Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea will set a dangerous and irrevocable precedent.”
“Acquiescence on the part of the U.S. threatens the security of all sovereign nations. Who is next? Moldova? Georgia? The Baltic Republics?” added Connolly.
When Russian troops were identified as fomenting unrest in Crimea in February of this year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin adamantly denied involvement. By April, Russia had illegally annexed Crimea, and Putin had come clean about the blatant Russian intrusion, admitting that Russian troops had been deployed to Crimea before the illegal annexation on March 21.
“Now, Putin’s playbook is being put to use in eastern Ukraine,” said Connolly.
In November, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg certified a serious Russian military buildup in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. and our European allies have issued successive rounds of sanctions and warnings as Russian aggression has mounted and spurred violence and destruction in the region.
“The U.S. lacks credibility objecting to Russia’s aggression without a firm stance on Crimea,” added Connolly. “Congress must make a simple, declarative statement on Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act does just that.”