US support for Ukraine: US House of Representatives approves bill on assisting Ukraine and deterring Russia

13:49 Sep. 22, 2016

US House of Representatives approves bill on assisting Ukraine and deterring Russia

House of Representatives chamber, The United States Capitol Building. (GettyImages Photo)

Before the President can sign the bill into law, identical version of the document must pass the U.S. Senate.

The House of Representatives of the US Congress has approved ‘Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act', which was earlier endorsed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. This is according to a message on the official Facebook page of Ukraine's embassy in the USA.

‘The document…  states that it is the policy of the United States to ensure that any relevant sanctions relief for the Russian Federation is contingent on timely, complete, and verifiable implementation of Minsk agreements', the message reads.

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According to the text of the document, published online, the bill prohibits US recognition of Russia's ‘attempted annexation' of Crimea' and provides for the maintenance of US sanctions.

‘It also states that it is the policy of the United States to further assist the Government of Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity to contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and that that policy shall be carried into effect, among other things, through a comprehensive effort, in coordination with allies and partners of the United States, that includes sanctions, diplomacy, and assistance, including lethal defensive weapons systems', the statement said.

Now the bill must be approved by the US Senate, and if that happens, needs to be signed by President Obama. 

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