WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was joined today by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in introducing the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act (STAND) for Ukraine Act, legislation that reinforces the United States’ commitment to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine by ensuring no federal agency is able to take any action or extend any assistance that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea, its airspace, or its territorial waters and authorizes sanctions against individuals who are violating human rights, contributing to instability, and threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“We are introducing this legislation to ensure that we continue to do everything at our disposal to counter Russian aggression and stand with our Democratic allies in Europe. This bill passed through the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the coming Congress to swiftly send it to the President’s desk for his signature,” said the senators.

A copy of the legation can be found here.

Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act (STAND) for Ukraine Act

  • Provides that no federal agency should take any action or extend any assistance that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea, its airspace, or its territorial waters.
  • Requires the Government Publishing Office not print any document indicating Crimea as part of the Russian Federation (Russia).
  • Requires U.S. sanctions provided for in Executive Orders 13660, 13661, 13662, (blocking property of persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine) and 13685 (blocking property of persons contributing to the situation in the Crimea region of Ukraine) remain in effect until the President certifies to Congress that:
    • Ukraine's sovereignty over Crimea has been restored, or
    • The status of Crimea has been resolved to the satisfaction of a democratically elected government of Ukraine.
  • Amends the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 to authorize the President to block and prohibit a foreign person's transactions of property or property interests that are U.S.-sited or controlled by a U.S. person if the foreign person has knowingly: (1) violated such executive orders, or (2) facilitated deceptive or structured transactions for or on behalf of any person subject to U.S. sanctions against Russia.
  • Prescribes civil and criminal penalties for a person subject to sanctions.
  • Requires the President to:
    • Use U.S. influence to seek North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) adoption of a policy that opposes the transfer of defense articles and services to Russia while Russia occupies the territory of Ukraine or of a NATO member, and
    • Direct appropriate U.S. agencies to monitor and identify transfers by NATO members of defense articles and services to Russia.
  • Requires that a license application or other authorization for the transfer of any defense article or service to or on behalf of a NATO member so identified be subject to a presumption of denial.

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