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Hudson Supports Trump's Expulsion of Russian Diplomats, Condemns Russia

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March 27, 2018 
 
Hudson Supports Trump’s Expulsion of Russian Diplomats, Condemns Russia
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement responding to the Trump Administration’s decision to expel Russian diplomats and close a Russian consulate. As a Commissioner, Rep. Hudson has consistently and strongly condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine and other neighboring countries.
 
“I fully support the White House’s actions in response to Russia’s brazen act in the United Kingdom,” said Rep. Hudson.“Moscow needs to hear the message loud and clear that such provocative activity will have real consequences, and the United States and its friends and allies must stand together in this regard. Putin and his Kremlin regime must stop their efforts to destabilize and bully other countries and live up to Russia’s international obligations and commitments, including under the 1975 Helsinki Final Act.”
 
At an international gathering of parliamentarians in Vienna, Austria, in February, Commissioner Hudson represented the United States and condemned the Russian Federation’s violation of the principles of the Helsinki Final Act in its aggression against Ukraine and similar actions against other neighbors. He also stressed the connection between this aggressive external behavior and the retreat from democracy and violation of human rights at home. Learn more here.
 
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. Through his leadership with the Commission, Commissioner Hudson is committed to advancing military security, enhancing cooperation, and promoting stability and democracy in the OSCE region.
 
As a member of the Helsinki Commission, Congressman Hudson has represented the United States at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA), which facilitates inter-parliamentary dialogue among the participating States. Commissioner Hudson is committed to combatting religious persecution and anti-Semitism, preventing human trafficking, tackling terrorism and promoting economic cooperation and free speech.
 
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