A bipartisan delegation of leading senators is spearheading an effort to hold Russia accountable for a recent series of provocative military action against U.S. forces stationed across the globe, according to a new congressional measure that demands Moscow cease the “dangerous and unprofessional” activity targeting American forces.
The Russian air force has become increasingly aggressive against the United States in recent months, culminating in an April incident in which a Russian military plane performed a dangerous barrel roll over an American reconnaissance plane, coming within 100 feet of the U.S. plane.
This and similar activity by Russian forces has angered U.S. officials and prompted the lawmakers on Tuesday to take steps aimed at halting Russia’s “dangerous and unprofessional intercepts” of U.S. forces, according to a copy of the new measure.
The resolution—backed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee members David Perdue (R., Ga.), Cory Gardner (R., Colo.), Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), and Jim Risch (R., Idaho)—calls on Russia to stop endangering U.S. forces and makes clear that the United States has a right to operate in all international waters and airspace.
“Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has become increasingly assertive and aggressive militarily,” Perdue said in a statement provided to the Washington Free Beacon. “We’ve recently seen Russian military personnel taunting U.S. military units with provocative military maneuvers.”
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