"The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved and recommended for approval by the upper chamber of the Congress the resolution condemning Russia's illegal attempt to occupy Crimea," the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States posted on Facebook.
The document, in particular, confirms the stance of the Senate on that "Crimea is part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine." In addition, it is noted that the U.S. policy should be aimed at countering the attempts to change the status, demographic map or political nature of Crimea.
At the same time, the resolution condemns the human rights violations in Crimea and points to the responsibility of the Russian Federation for such crimes during the illegal Russian occupation of the peninsula.
The American lawmakers called on the U.S. government to continue to maintain restrictive measures against the Russian Federation pursuant to the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017. The U.S. senators also welcomed the further efforts to encourage the EU to impose additional Crimea-related sanctions.