In letter to Blinken, House Foreign Affairs Committee urges immediate removal of Nord Stream 2 sanctions waivers

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs released the following letter on June 1. The letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, was signed by Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and 19 other members of the committee.

UCC pens letter to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau urging NATO action on Ukraine

On June 14, the leaders of NATO Allies will meet in Brussels to discuss the challenges facing the Alliance, including, first and foremost, Russia’s escalation of aggression.

In recent months, Russia has substantially escalated attacks on the front lines in eastern Ukraine and has engaged in significant Russian troop buildup and materiel movement into Russia-occupied Crimea and the eastern and northern Russia-Ukraine border regions.

Sens. Portman, Shaheen and Murphy issue joint statement in support of Ukraine following meeting with Zelenskyy

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) issued the following joint statement on June 2 following a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian government officials.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez on Nord Stream 2

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on May 19 after Congress received a mandatory report from the State Department regarding entities involved in sanctionable activity by the builders of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Citing U.S. national security interests, the Biden administration announced it would waive mandatory sanctions on the company Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig.

Congressional Ukraine Caucus calls on State Department to fully sanction Nord Stream 2

On May 13, the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), sent the following letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing deep concern with the state of energy security in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe. In the letter, the members called on the Department of State to increase efforts to bolster energy resilience by fully sanctioning Nord Stream 2 as mandated by PEESCA as amended and consistent with Congressional intent, increase diplomatic action to counter the purging of Naftogaz leadership, and strengthen efforts to fulfill the U.S. pledge to invest $300 million of U.S. financing into the Three Seas Fund.