Senator Dick Durbin meets with Russian ambassador over Ukraine

Russian Ambassador

From Senator Durbin’s office:


Washington, D.C. – As the United States Senate debates a bill which strongly rebukes Russia for its invasion of Crimea, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) met with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Last week, Durbin and McCain traveled to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian leaders about the rapidly deteriorating political and security situation in the country.

“The Ambassador repeated the same Russian rationalizations and distortions we have heard since President Putin sent his troops and masked gunmen into Crimea,” Durbin said. “We made clear we stood with our allies and the world in condemning this Russian aggression. We stand with Ukraine and all those who seek a democratic future.”

Last week, Senators Durbin and McCain sent a letter to the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), urging the international body to send monitors to Ukraine. After initially being blocked from doing so by the Russian delegation, monitors were allowed into the country late last week. A copy of Durbin and McCain’s letter, along with the response from the OSCE, are attached.

Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), both of whom traveled to Ukraine with Durbin and McCain, joined today’s meeting; a photo of which is attached.

This morning, Durbin spoke at length about the Ukrainian aid measure the Senate is debating on the floor of the Senate. A video of Durbin’s remarks can be found here.<>