Hoyer Statement on President Obama's Decision to Impose New Sanctions Against Russia

For Immediate Release:

July 16, 2014


Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama announced his decision to impose new sanctions against Russia: 

“President Obama’s decision to enforce new sanctions against some of Russia’s largest banks, energy companies, and defense contractors ought to be a clear sign to President Vladimir Putin that the United States and our European allies will not stand idly by as Ukraine’s sovereignty is threatened.  It’s time for President Putin to end his aggression and his attempts to destabilize Eastern Ukraine through support for violent separatists. The people of Ukraine have the right to choose their nation’s path forward, and Russia must respect that right – and refrain from seeking to impose its will by force on its neighbors.”

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