Senate passed resolution condemning Russian 'bullying'

The Senate passed a resolution Tuesday condemning “illegal Russian aggression” in Ukraine.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the resolution Tuesday and the Senate agreed to the measure through a unanimous consent agreement on the same day.

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S.Res. 378 says Russia’s history of “bullying” neighbor countries is unacceptable and its latest actions violate international agreements. The resolution calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from the region and tells President Obama to enact sanctions against Russia while aiding Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent troops into the Crimea region of Ukraine after Ukraine’s voted their Russian-backed leader. Putin said the military action was needed to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians, but the United States and Europe have condemned his action and threatened sanctions.

Ukraine was expected to sign an agreement with the European Union to sell its natural gas until Putin demanded the deal not go through.

The resolution also calls on FIFA to reconsider holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Earlier this month, the House passed legislation would allow the Obama administration to provide loan guarantees to Ukraine. The Senate had hoped to pass similar legislation this week, but it might not be able to before leaving for a weeklong recess Friday.

Before adjourning Tuesday evening, the Senate also confirmed several military nominees.