Menendez on Sanctions Package: This Is About Sending a Message That When You Violate The International Order, There Are Consequences

Menendez on Sanctions Package: This Is About Sending a Message That When You Violate The International Order, There Are Consequences

Menendez: The United States – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – stand together in terms of defending the national interests and security of the United States

 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the floor on the United States Senate today right before the Senate approved a bipartisan legislative package to impose additional sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation – passed overwhelmingly by a 98-2 vote – was built upon the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, which Menendez introduced earlier this year along with a group of his colleagues.

“We have an opportunity to come here today and say ‘you have to observe the international order,’” said Senator Menendez. “We’ve got to go back to the rules-based basis that came about after World War II to preserve the international order that has brought us peace and prosperity. And there are only a handful of peaceful diplomacy tools you can pursue. One of them is the use of sanctions to prod a country in a certain direction and observe the international order. That’s our opportunity today with Russia, Iran and North Korea. And I hope we seize that opportunity today, because when we do that, we send the most powerful message in the world, that the United States Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – stand together in terms of defending the national interests and security of the United States.”

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The legislation includes key elements of the STAND for Ukraine Act and the Countering Russian Hostilities Act, both authored by Sen. Menendez to impose additional sanctions on Russia for undermining American democratic institutions and human rights violations, and also codifying existing sanctions requiring Congressional review of any decision to weaken or lift them in the future.

 

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