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house Bill H.R. 93

Should The U.S. Refuse To Recognize Russian Sovereignty Over Crimea?

Argument in favor

Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea sets a dangerous precedent for the potential annexation of other neighboring nations, such as Moldova, Georgia, and the Baltic Republics.

JoeBiden's Opinion
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05/25/2015
"We stand by the brave people of Ukraine and your military as you defend your soil against Russian aggression."
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EricRevell's Opinion
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02/23/2015
Publicly recognizing Russian sovereignty over the Crimea could invite more aggression in other areas - like the Baltic states or the Caucasus.
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Kylee's Opinion
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01/03/2016
The situation is obviously complicated, but even far more complicated than most would realize if you're not super familiar with the region. The region of Crimea has both historically been part of Russia and Ukraine. Many also have theories that Stalin once exiled native Russians there in the chance that the Soviet Union would disintegrate, leaving room for battles such as these. This, of course, is a only a theory. However compelling, none of these arguments are necessary. The US should condemn Russia for the way it (re)gained the territory. Whether or not Russia has claims to the territory due to population (see conflict in Kosovo) is a whole different story.
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Crimean citizens reportedly voted in favor of joining the Russia Federation. The U.S. shouldn’t condemn an action that was supported by the people who were directly affected.

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11/20/2015
We shouldn't address anything about this situation currently. We need to, however, be focusing on ISIS. Russia is in support of abolishing ISIS, and we shouldn't negatively effect our relations with Russia with negative comments on their actions. We need support to defeat ISIS, and we should negotiate with Russia to assist us.
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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10/22/2015
We can't just ignore the fact that Crimea is under Russian control and think that something can only be true if we acknowledge it to be so.
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Pelageya's Opinion
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07/08/2016
That's Russia's business. What US needs to stop doing is pushing NATOs imperialistic agenda, installing hundreds of military bases, and practicing back handed aggression towards Russia. We need Russia as an ally not an adversary.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 93?

H.R. 93 asserts that the U.S. will not recognize the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea, a territory Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014. The bill prohibits federal departments and agencies from taking any action that recognizes or implies the recognition of this annexation. 

The bill authorizes the President to waive these prohibitions in the event that it is necessary to do so to protect U.S. national security interests.

Impact

Federal U.S. departments and agencies, Ukrainian citizens, people who live in the Crimean region, the Russian government, Congress, and U.S./Russia diplomatic relations.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 93

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note:

Small protests began in Ukraine in November 2013 following then-President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to abandon an agreement for closer trade relations with the European Union (EU). He instead sought closer economic cooperation with Russia. The Ukrainian government responded to public unrest by passing an anti-protest law, which escalated the protests. Activist leaders, the political opposition, and Yanukovich eventually reach an agreement to hold early elections in order to form a new government.


Unhappy with the new administration in Ukraine, pro-Russian protesters rallied in the eastern Ukrainian region of Crimea. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin then deployed hundreds of Russian troops to Crimea in order to maintain order in the region, claiming that Russia reserves the right to protect the ethnic Russians in Crimea.


On March 6, 2014, Crimea’s parliament voted in favor of succeeding from Ukraine and joining Russia. A public referendum was conducted, wherein over 93 percent of Crimean citizens reportedly voted in favor of union with Russia. The U.S. and other Western nations subsequently deemed the referendum illegal. Ignoring international condemnation, Vladimir Putin continued with the signing of the treaty to absorb Crimea into Russia on March 18, 2014. The United States and the European Union responded with heavy economic sanctions on Russia.



Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) Press Release




(Photo Credit: Flickr user mwmbwls)

AKA

Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act

Official Title

To prohibit United States Government recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

    "We stand by the brave people of Ukraine and your military as you defend your soil against Russian aggression."
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    Publicly recognizing Russian sovereignty over the Crimea could invite more aggression in other areas - like the Baltic states or the Caucasus.
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    Sorry Putin.
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    We shouldn't address anything about this situation currently. We need to, however, be focusing on ISIS. Russia is in support of abolishing ISIS, and we shouldn't negatively effect our relations with Russia with negative comments on their actions. We need support to defeat ISIS, and we should negotiate with Russia to assist us.
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    The situation is obviously complicated, but even far more complicated than most would realize if you're not super familiar with the region. The region of Crimea has both historically been part of Russia and Ukraine. Many also have theories that Stalin once exiled native Russians there in the chance that the Soviet Union would disintegrate, leaving room for battles such as these. This, of course, is a only a theory. However compelling, none of these arguments are necessary. The US should condemn Russia for the way it (re)gained the territory. Whether or not Russia has claims to the territory due to population (see conflict in Kosovo) is a whole different story.
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    I guess this is (just BARELY) better than nothing, though I doubt it will do any good. Unhappy with the new administration in Ukraine, pro-Russian protesters rallied in the eastern Ukrainian region of Crimea. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin then deployed hundreds of Russian troops to Crimea in order to maintain order in the region, claiming that Russia reserves the right to protect the ethnic Russians in Crimea. [Let's just hope he doesn't decide to do that for the ethnic Russians in America while BHO is in the WH! I thank God we're almost at the end of an ERROR (the "O" is for Obama)!] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/03/timeline-ukraine-political-crisis-201431143722854652.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/03/putin-ukraine-events-unconstitutional-coup-201434105511394582.html On March 6, 2014, Crimea’s parliament voted in favor of succeeding from Ukraine and joining Russia. A public referendum was conducted, wherein over 93 percent of Crimean citizens reportedly voted in favor of union with Russia. The U.S. and other Western nations subsequently deemed the referendum illegal. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/19/statement-president-executive-order-blocking-property-certain-persons-an Ignoring international condemnation, Vladimir Putin continued with the signing of the treaty to absorb Crimea into Russia on March 18, 2014. The United States and the European Union responded with heavy economic sanctions on Russia. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/world/europe/us-tightens-crimea-embargo-to-pressure-russia.html?_r=0 This is how Der Führer Obama responded: Statement by the President on Executive Order “Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine” "Today, I issued an Executive Order taking further steps with respect to the situation in Ukraine. The E.O. prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea. The E.O. also authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in Crimea. The E.O. is intended to provide clarity to U.S. corporations doing business in the region and reaffirm that the United States will not accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea. I again call on Russia to end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, cease its support to separatists in eastern Ukraine, and fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements. My Administration will continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and internationally to respond to events in Ukraine and to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well its democratic development and reform efforts. We will continue to review and calibrate our sanctions, in close coordination with our international partners, to respond to Russia's actions." I'M SURE PUTIN IS JUST SHAKING IN HIS BOOTS! It looks like Crimea is being sanctioned, rather than Russia, but I'd have to look into that more deeply. That being said, folks, the Cold War appears to be warming up. And we don't have a STATESMAN standing for FREEDOM at the helm of this nation. I stand by my opinion that BHO never met a dictator he didn't like, because he is one at heart himself. Putin got his "number" long ago!
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    We can't just ignore the fact that Crimea is under Russian control and think that something can only be true if we acknowledge it to be so.
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    Russia's actions are illegal. Don't allow their violations of human rights to be accepted.
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    Annexing regions from other countries violates soveriegnty. What if Russia decided to annex Alaska next? We should put our foot down.
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    That's Russia's business. What US needs to stop doing is pushing NATOs imperialistic agenda, installing hundreds of military bases, and practicing back handed aggression towards Russia. We need Russia as an ally not an adversary.
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    Seriously, we should really just side with Russia in everything. Nuclear war sounds pretty shitty.
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    We need to get Russia to help us eliminate ISIS. Messing with their affairs will definitely make them reluctant to help us.
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    The current Ukrainian government is an illegitimate government established through the overthrow of the previous leadership. If the people of Crimea would prefer to be part of Russia than the new Ukrainian government, then let's just let them do it and recognize their decision.
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    we should let the people decide what country they want to be in. we are a country of, for, and by the people, so let the people of Crimea speak
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    The Ukrainian government has effectively given up on trying to maintain Crimea, why should the US care? Time to stop thinking every little thing Russia does is awful.
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    When it comes civil affairs of other sovereign nations. The United States has no right, nor place, to intervene in such affairs. The people of said nations have the rightful choice in who and how one chooses to be governed.
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    This is a naked example of aggression and must not be encouraged.
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    Might as well say fire isn't hot. No matter of publicly denouncing it will matter. Do people think Russia actually cares?
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    If they want to answer to that Commie bastard Putin let them. When they change their minds ignore them, let them rot in their stupidity.
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    No, because the United States needs to ask itself what are they doing for the betterment of the American people? We need to stop being the saviors of the world and lookout for the Veterans and Homeless people before lawmakers go sticking their nose in other people's or countries business. Enough is Enough and I am sure who ever reads this will ignore what I say.
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