US Senate passes bill to arm Ukraine, impose sanctions on Russia

Baku: US Senators have passed legislation to impose harsher sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and provide lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has announced, APA reports.

“The hesitant US response to Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine threatens to escalate this conflict even further. Unanimous support for our bill demonstrates a firm commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and to making sure [Russian President Vladimir] Putin pays for his assault on freedom and security in Europe,” Republican Senator Bob Corker said, as quoted by the Foreign Relations Committee Thursday.

According to the Committee, the bill, which was coauthored by Corker and Senator Robert Menendez, would provide Ukraine with “lethal military and non-military assistance” as well as “energy, defense sector, and civil society assistance” and would expand sanctions against Russia.