WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today introduced a Senate resolution affirming U.S. support for and recognition of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova. The resolution also emphasizes that the people and Government of Moldova must be allowed to determine their own future without external coercion or pressure; demands Russia remove its military forces and material from Moldova’s territory; and urges President Obama to consider increasing security and intelligence cooperation with Moldova.
“We are allowing Putin to undermine the freedom achieved by President Reagan and Europe when Russia can just walk into sovereign nations, plant its flag, and takeover territory,” said Inhofe. “First it was Crimea, and next could be Moldova and then further into Georgia. At some point Putin has to be told that the buck stops here, and we must send these signals before he proceeds any further. Moldova is in a very vulnerable area in Eastern Europe because of its size and its young democracy. Moldova is also dependent on Russian energy, and Putin already has 1,200 of his troops strategically placed within its borders. My resolution sends a message to Russia that United States’ interests are to preserve democracy and that we will support Europe’s efforts to stop further Russian aggression.”
Cosponsors include Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).
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