Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Russian Chemical Weapon Attack
LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION CONDEMNING RUSSIAN CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK
Resolution expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that Russian aggression across all domains cannot be tolerated
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of six Representatives introduced a resolution today expressing solidarity with the victims of the Russian chemical weapons attack in the United Kingdom and strong support for measures to counter Russian aggression. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), George Holding (R-NC), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Tom Cole (R-OK), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) offered the resolution the day after UK Prime Minister Teresa May announced measures, including the expulsion of 23 Russian intelligence agents, in response to the attempted assassination of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.
“This attack is a brazen violation of the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and of the rules-based international order,” the Representatives said in a joint statement. “The use of a chemical weapon is just the latest example of Russia’s attempts to undermine democratic institutions, and we stand together with our allies in stating unequivocally that this aggression cannot be tolerated.”
Mr. Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and a first responder, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, remain hospitalized after the March 4th attack. Analysis of the poison used has identified it as a bespoke chemical agent developed in the Soviet Union. Russia has consistently shown contempt for the gravity of the use of a chemical weapon banned even in wartime for an attack on foreign soil and has refused to provide any explanation for the incident. The resolution reaffirms the United States’ firm commitment to its ally, the United Kingdom, and its NATO partners and supports additional measures taken in response to Russia’s violation of international security and non-proliferation agreements.
Full text of the resolution can be found here.