Rep. Schiff on Ukraine – Congress Stands Ready to Impose Substantial Costs on Russia for Violations on Ukrainian Sovereignty

Washington, DC– Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after President Obama briefed the nation on developments in Ukraine warning Russia that "there will be costs" to Russian intervention in Ukraine:

"I applaud President Obama's strong statement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and his warning against any Russian violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity. Congress – on a strong bipartisan basis – stands ready to work with the President and our European allies to impose substantial costs on Russia for any violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. Every people have the right to self-determination and we support Ukrainian aspirations for democracy and the rule of law."

Earlier today, Rep. Schiff spoke with MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, saying:  

“Unfortunately, we are dealing with a bully in Russia that more than willing to bully its way to try to create the kind of government environment and ally it wants in the Ukraine, no matter what the Ukrainian people want.”