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115th CONGRESS
  2d Session
H. RES. 955

Affirming United States support to the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and 
Moldova in their effort to retain political sovereignty and territorial 
                               integrity.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             June 20, 2018

 Mr. Poe of Texas (for himself, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Olson, Mr. Price of 
North Carolina, Mr. Harris, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Fitzpatrick, and Mr. Levin) 
submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee 
on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 
for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case 
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of 
                        the committee concerned

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                               RESOLUTION


 
Affirming United States support to the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and 
Moldova in their effort to retain political sovereignty and territorial 
                               integrity.

Whereas the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova are sovereign states and 
        voting members of the United Nations;
Whereas the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova have all signed Association 
        Agreements with the European Union in 2014;
Whereas the European Parliament passed resolution 2014/2717 recognizing 
        Ukraine's, Georgia's, and Moldova's European alignment and ability to 
        become members of the European Union;
Whereas the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova joined the North Atlantic 
        Treaty Organization's (NATO) Partnership for Peace Program in 1994;
Whereas the modern state of Ukraine was founded in 1991 and recognized by the 
        United States the same year;
Whereas Ukraine held free and fair parliamentary elections in 2014 and is 
        expected to hold new parliamentary elections by the end of 2019;
Whereas, March 1, 2018, marks 4 years since the Government of the Russian 
        Federation authorized the use of military forces in Ukraine leading to a 
        forcible and illegal annexation of Crimea;
Whereas the Government of the Russian Federation has actively engaged in and 
        supported illegal parliamentary and military activity in the Donetsk and 
        Luhansk oblasts of eastern Ukraine since April 2014, including the 
        deployment of its regular armed forces and equipment, that has resulted 
        in the deaths of more than 10,000 people and the internal displacement 
        of 2,000,000 people according to the United Nations;
Whereas the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances signed by the Russian 
        Federation in December 1994 provided security assurances against the 
        threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political 
        sovereignty of Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine's voluntary, and peaceful 
        willingness to relinquish its nuclear weapons;
Whereas the Government of the Russian Federation, despite its commitments to the 
        Minsk agreements, continues to destabilize Ukraine through a variety of 
        military and political maneuvers;
Whereas continued Russian aggression against Ukraine in contravention of the 
        Budapest Memorandum threatens current and future efforts to combat the 
        proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction;
Whereas the modern state of Georgia was founded in 1991 and recognized by the 
        United States in 1992;
Whereas Georgia held competitive, well-administered, and free parliamentary 
        elections in 2016 and is expected to hold new parliamentary elections by 
        2020;
Whereas the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, one-fifth of 
        Georgia's sovereign territory, remain under Russian occupation since the 
        aftermath of Russia's August 2008 war invasion of Georgia;
Whereas the modern Republic of Moldova was founded in 1991 and recognized by the 
        United States the same year;
Whereas Moldova held competitive and generally well-administered parliamentary 
        elections in 2014 and is expected to hold new parliamentary elections in 
        2018;
Whereas military forces and equipment from the Russia Federation have remained 
        in the separatist region of Transnistria since Moldova declared 
        independence in 1991;
Whereas the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in 
        Europe, and the Government of Moldova have called upon the Government of 
        the Russian Federation to remove its troops from Moldovan territory; and
Whereas it is longstanding policy of the United States Government not to 
        recognize territorial changes by force: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) reaffirms the commitment of the United States to 
        support the democratically elected Governments of Ukraine, 
        Georgia, and Moldova and their people;
            (2) reaffirms the support of the United States to Ukraine, 
        Georgia, and Moldova's integration into the European Union;
            (3) condemns Russia's continued contravention of the 
        Budapest Memorandum and the pursuant harm Russia continues to 
        cause;
            (4) calls for all personnel and equipment belonging to 
        Russian security and armed forces to immediately withdraw from 
        the sovereign territory of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova;
            (5) calls for the Russian Federation to immediately cease 
        its military support to illegal paramilitary units operating 
        within the internationally recognized territories of Ukraine, 
        Georgia, and Moldova;
            (6) calls for the Russian Federation to cease its 
        destabilizing activities in Transnistria in Moldova, South 
        Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, and the Donetsk and Luhansk 
        oblasts of Ukraine, as well as to terminate its forcible and 
        illegal annexation of Crimea;
            (7) calls on the United States Government, United States 
        allies in Europe, the United Nations, and international 
        partners to continue to pressure the Government of the Russian 
        Federation to uphold its international obligations;
            (8) commends the ongoing cooperation between the 
        Governments of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova to confront 
        ongoing Russian violations of their territorial integrity and 
        combat efforts to destabilize or otherwise malignly influence 
        political activity in their nations;
            (9) supports enhanced cooperation between the United States 
        and the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova to assist in 
        strengthening their capacity to resist the destabilizing 
        activities of the Russian Federation, including in areas of 
        defense and security;
            (10) continues to oppose the Nord Stream II pipeline 
        project in coordination with European allies, mindful of the 
        threat of this project to the security of Europe;
            (11) encourages the Government of the United States to 
        further support the diversification of energy supplies to 
        Europe, including through supporting Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) 
        infrastructure;
            (12) supports increased economic cooperation and bilateral 
        trade between the United States and the nations of Ukraine, 
        Georgia, and Moldova; and
            (13) calls on the Department of State to engage in a 
        dialogue with the nations of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on 
        best practices to combat Russian meddling in the sovereign 
        nations' democratic processes.
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