Senators introduce resolution opposing Russian pipeline
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Senators are introducing a resolution on Wednesday urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE to push back against Russian aggression in the Black Sea and arguing a Russian gas pipeline deal should be canceled. 

Roughly 40 senators are introducing the resolution, which was spearheaded by Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (R-Wis.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSupreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade Protecting the future of student data privacy: The time to act is now Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (D-Ill.).  

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“The United States and our allies need to rapidly counter Russia’s military aggression in the Kerch Strait with strong and resolute action,” Johnson said in a statement.  

Durbin added that passage of the resolution would "reaffirm this message of deterring further aggression from the Russian Federation.” 

The House passed a resolution urging cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would deliver gas from Russia to parts of northern Germany, earlier this month. 

The Senate resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill ahead of its release, notes that the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the pipeline and that senators are "calling for the pipeline’s cancellation due to its threat to European energy security, and calling on the Russian Federation to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait."

The pipeline has come under criticism from the Trump administration and some other European nations, because they fear it would give Russia leverage over Western Europe via energy supply. Trump, in July, argued that Germany was "captive" to Russia because of the pipeline. 

Senators are also urging Trump to work with Congress and U.S. allies "to ensure the appropriate policies to deter the Russian Federation from further aggression." 

The resolution urges Trump to lead "a robust multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea," and bolster Ukraine's military including providing additional security assistance. 

Ukraine in November accused Russia of capturing three vessels and 24 crew members on board those vessels off the coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 to international condemnation. Moscow has countered that the boats were operating unlawfully in its territorial waters. The Senate passed a separate resolution condemning the action last month. 

The new resolution also reiterates that Trump is required to impose sanctions on Russia under a bill passed by Congress last year and that those sanctions are "a direct result of the actions of the Government of the Russian Federation and will continue and increase until there is an appropriate change in Russian behavior."