Spanberger, other members of House sanctioned by Russian government
WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Hundreds of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7th) and Bob Good (R-VA-5th), have been sanctioned by the Russian government.
According to a report on Axios, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced sanctions against 389 members of the House on Wednesday, in response to sanctions that had been placed against Russian leaders last month.
Spanberger, who is a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, responded with this statement:
“I’ll consider it a badge of honor to have been sanctioned by an authoritarian leader who has waged a horrific war against a sovereign nation and its civilians. This is a time for taking sides, defending democracy, and supporting our allies, and today’s announcement by a regime committing war crimes is confirmation that Putin and his enablers know exactly what side I’m on.
“As a result of the global pressure caDon Beyer mpaign of crushing sanctions and military and humanitarian support led by the United States and our partners, Russia and Putin are more isolated each day. As evidence of Russia’s war crimes and genocide in Ukraine mounts, the United States must stand firm and united in our support of the Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian people, and our shared ideals of democracy and sovereignty.
“Ukraine will win this war, just as it did the Battle of Kyiv. I will keep working in Congress to make sure our nation is providing Ukraine with the military, humanitarian, and intelligence support they need to beat back the Russian assault and ultimately triumph.”
The only member of Virginia's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives whose name does not appear on the list is Gerald Connolly (D-VA-11th), but he may be among the members who were sanctioned previously.
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Reports concerning these sanctions are also coming from the Hill, CNN, the Daily Mail and many other outlets.