10 congressmen who sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the administration of the U.S. president to take a more decisive position.
The senior Republican of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, Michael McCaul (from Texas), and the entire Republican composition of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, environment, and cyberspace sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden take a more decisive position against Russia. This is stated in a press release published on the committee’s website on Tuesday.
“President Biden’s recent decisions related to U.S. policy towards Russia, including the approval of the construction of “Nord Stream 2,” <…> demonstrate weakness,” the statement said.
The 10 congressmen who sent Blinken a letter, in particular, touched upon the issue of Russia’s alleged “military intervention” in the affairs of the “strategic partner” of the United States – Ukraine. The lawmakers note that “the current administration has never been able to back up its harsh rhetoric condemning,” as they believe, “aggression” from Russia, with “equally decisive actions.”
“We call on the Biden administration to immediately consider: an increase in U.S. security assistance to Kyiv and persuading our allies and partners to do the same. This assistance should include appropriate lethal weapons and air defense equipment, delivered without delay,” the letter says. In addition, the authors of the appeal called on the White House to impose sanctions against key Russian state-owned companies, such as Gazprom, as well as the most important branches of Russian industry, including metallurgy and mining.
The congressmen also touched upon the issues of nuclear weapons, cybersecurity, and the situation with blogger Alexei Navalny.