Feb 19 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine:
“Twenty five years after the people in the then-captive nations of Eastern Europe changed world history, we again see Ukrainians taking to the streets to demand nothing more than the right to independently chart the future course of their nation and a better life for themselves and their children.
“Ukrainians have made clear that they want the opportunity to be governed free of corruption and Russian pressure. I strongly condemn the Yanukovych government resorting to violence rather than dialogue and compromise with the opposition.
“I urge the Obama Administration to use every diplomatic means at its disposal, including sanctions, to bring accountability to those involved in acts of violence throughout Ukraine. It’s also imperative that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Congress move quickly to approve the Global Human Rights Act, which would strengthen the President’s ability to impose these punishments.
“Ukraine’s future lies in Europe, not Vladimir Putin’s Russia. America stands with those who seek freedom even at great risk to their own security. The world is watching the Yanukovych government’s response.”