WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus, and 11 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution opposing Russia’s inclusion into the Group of Seven (G7).  Despite Russia’s occupation of Ukraine, its destabilizing actions against the U.S. and other democracies worldwide, and the recent reporting that Russia offered bounties to target American troops deployed to Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for Russia to be readmitted to a Group of Eight or to participate in a G7 proceeding.  The resolution makes it clear that the U.S. Senate would oppose Russia’s readmission unless it ceases its malign actions against Ukraine, the U.S., and our allies. 

Along with Coons and Durbin, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

A copy of today’s Senate resolution is available here.