WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution condemning the activities of Russian national Yevgeniy Prigozhin and the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor. The resolution calls for President Trump to “work with Congress to develop and execute a strategy drawing on the multiple instruments of United States national power available to the President” to counter these malign activities.
Although already sanctioned by the United States for meddling in our election process and the illegal annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, Prigozhin, the Wagner Group, and several other entities closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government continue to pose a threat to the national interests and security of the United States. Their subversive activities continue unabated in multiple countries, including the Central African Republic, Libya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan, and others.
“When Russian national Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the Wagner group, and other affiliated entities meddle in foreign elections and send mercenaries to fight in proxy wars overseas, they pose a threat to international stability. These actors have led subversive campaigns across the world, and the United States must respond,” said Senator Coons.“I look forward to working with Senator Rubio, other colleagues from both parties in the House and Senate, and the Trump administration to develop and execute a comprehensive strategy to counter these malign activities and prevent Prigozhin and Wagner from destabilizing other countries.”
The full text of the resolution is available here.