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Ayotte, Colleagues Condemn Russian Support of Assad Regime


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) yesterday introduced S. Res. 494, a bipartisan Senate Resolution condemning the Russian government for their continued support of the Assad regime in Syria through arms shipments, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged and Russia has denied, as well as sustained opposition to United Nations Security Council actions against Assad.

"By transferring weapons to the Assad regime, Russia has been an accomplice to the murder of thousands of innocent civilians in Syria," said Sen. Ayotte. "I urge Russia to immediately halt all weapon shipments to Syria, and to join the international community in seeking an end to violence and the departure of Assad from power."

"For years Russia has been arming Assad, and the United States can no longer turn a blind eye as they prop up his despicable regime and enable its murderous reign over the Syrian people," said Sen. Cornyn.

"It is time for us to step back and say to the Russians: If you are going to subsidize the killing of innocent people, you will face global condemnation. This resolution calls on the Russian Government to stop the sale of weapons to Syria, end its support for Assad's brutal regime and join the rest of the world in finding an end to the violence in Syria," Sen. Durbin said.

"We have all witnessed the horror of President Assad's brutal and bloody assault of his own people," said Sen. Gillibrand. "We condemn Russia's involvement in aiding the Assad regime. It is time for Russia to stop the flow of weapons to Assad's forces, which are massacring thousands of innocent people."

"While Russia's refusal to condemn the Syrian government's slaughter of their citizens is troubling, their sale of arms to the Syrian military is downright disturbing," said Sen. Risch. "The U.S. Senate needs to be on the record in condemning this activity, and the administration must actively work to end the flow of arms to the Syrian regime."

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