HRES.447 - Supporting The Democratic And European Aspirations Of The People Of Ukraine, And Their Right To Choose Their Own Future Free Of Intimidation And Fear.

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A controversial referendum was held in Crimea on March 16, 2014 where 97% of the voters were reported to support a measure to break away Crimea from Ukraine and join Russia. While the US does not acknowledge the legitimacy of the referendum, Russia claims to have annexed the Crimean Peninsula. On March 24, 2014, interim Ukrainian President ordered the withdrawal of armed Ukrainian forces out of Crimea.

In response, the US has suggested it would cancel or exclude Russia from the next Group of 8 meeting, which would have been scheduled for this summer in Sochi, Russia.

Russia’s gas company, Gazprom, has begun raising prices for Ukraine and some other European countries. Ukraine depends heavily of Russia for its energy supplies, and about 1/3 of the European Union’s oil and gas is from Russia.

Jasminee Persaud, Senior Analyst
Friday February 14th 2014
2/10/2014--Passed House amended. Values the close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine. Supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine. Calls on the United States and the European Union (EU) to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the political crisis in Ukraine. Condemns all acts of violence, and calls on the government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for peacefully exercising their democratic rights. Welcomes the repeal by the Ukrainian parliament of most of the anti-democratic measures adopted on January 16, 2014, and urges President Yanukovych to engage in substantive talks with opposition leaders and to take additional steps to de-escalate tensions. Urges the United States and the EU to make clear to Ukraine's leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable. Supports Department of State measures to revoke the visas of several Ukrainians linked to the violence and encourages the Administration to consider additional targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in the use of force. Urges all parties to engage in constructive dialogue to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine's current political and economic crisis.

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Agree To The Resolution, As Amended Agreed To By The Yeas And Nays: (2/3 Required): 381 - 2 (roll No. 56).
February 10th 2014 @ 7:08 PM

Considered As Unfinished Business.
February 10th 2014 @ 7:00 PM

At The Conclusion Of Debate, The Yeas And Nays Were Demanded And Ordered. Pursuant To The Provisions Of Clause 8, Rule Xx, The Chair Announced That Further Proceedings On The Motion Would Be Postponed.
February 10th 2014 @ 6:26 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H. Res. 447.
February 10th 2014 @ 5:52 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
February 10th 2014 @ 5:52 PM

Mr. Smith (nj) Moved To Suspend The Rules And Agree To The Resolution, As Amended.
February 10th 2014 @ 5:52 PM

Ordered To Be Reported In The Nature Of A Substitute (amended) By Unanimous Consent.
January 29th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Committee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
January 29th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The Subcommittee On Europe, Eurasia, And Emerging Threats.
January 10th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Foreign Affairs.
December 16th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The House Resolution is to express US support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with their democratic and European aspirations as well as their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Jasminee Persaud, Senior Analyst
Friday February 14th 2014

The Resolution conveys that the US supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine and their right to choose their own future. The Resolution calls on the US and the EU to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the current crisis and condemns all violence, calling on the Ukrainian Government to bring to justice those responsible for violence. The Resolution further supports US State Department measures to revoke visas of Ukrainians linked to current violence.

The Resolution supports the repeal by the Ukrainian parliament of anti-democratic measures adopted in mid-January and urges substantive talks between President Yanukovych, opposition leaders and other relevant parties to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

On February 10, 2014 the House agreed passed the resolution.

Jasminee Persaud, Senior Analyst
Friday February 14th 2014
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