Congressional Ukraine Caucus Sends Letter to President Biden Ahead of His Meeting with Putin

June 8, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), sent a bipartisan letter to President Biden ahead of the upcoming G7, NATO, and U.S.-EU Summits, and his meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

“A successful meeting with Putin can only be accomplished proceeding from a position of strength,” the chairs wrote. “To firmly establish such a position, we respectfully urge you to fully sanction all entities engaged in the construction of Nord Stream 2, support Ukraine’s NATO Membership Action Plan, and commit to increasing United States security assistance for Ukraine.”

“We appreciate your recent invitation to President Zelenskiy to the White House this summer as well as your personal engagement on Ukraine in recent years.” the chairs continued. “Yet, we are concerned that recent steps by the Administration do not adequately project strength of the U.S. position heading into the meeting with Putin. These steps include the Administration’s request to decrease security assistance for Ukraine from the enacted levels of $275 million in fiscal year 2021 to $250 million in fiscal year 2022. This follows the troublesome decision to use the ‘national interest waiver’ on Nord Stream AG and Putin crony Matthias Warnig.”

The full text of the letter can be found PDF iconhere.