Diaz-Balart: We Stand With the People of Ukraine and Must Hold Russia Accountable

Press Release

Date: Feb. 24, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart issued the following statement on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"As the Ukrainian government has stated, sanctions on Russia must include sanctions on Rosneft and all of Russia's petroleum industry, as well as its ejection from SWIFT. Russia's unilateral and malicious decision to plunge Europe into war requires crushing sanctions from every freedom-loving country. Russian aggression against its neighbors must be stopped.

"The American people should not have to purchase Russian oil. The Keystone XL pipeline, which President Biden halted, would have produced more oil here at home than the U.S. currently imports from Russia. He also suspended leases that would have allowed greater oil and gas production in the United States. Due to these disastrous decisions, Americans are suffering escalating gas prices and an empowered Russia, which has made the world a much more dangerous place.

"Putin has once again made the case for a strong, united NATO to counter an appallingly belligerent and malevolent Russia. We stand with the people of Ukraine and must hold Russia accountable for this violent and despicable assault on Ukraine."