Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, was denied a visa by the Russian government to travel to the country as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation over previous legislation that he sponsored that aimed to “to “hold Russia accountable for its aggression to Ukraine.”
“The path Vladimir Putin has chosen for Russia is a tragedy of historic proportions. Instead of holding free and fair elections, respecting the rule of law, and integrating Russia’s economy with Western democracies, Putin has invaded Georgia, attempted to illegally annex Crimea, conducted war in eastern Ukraine where thousands have died, and supported a barbaric regime in Syria that has used chemical weapons on its own people in a war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands,” Sen. Johnson said in a statement.
“Eventually, a new generation of leaders will emerge in Russia. Working with Ambassador Huntsman, I had hoped direct dialogue with Russian parliamentarians could help set the stage for better future relations between our two nations. Unfortunately, Russian officials continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort and have denied me entrance to Russia. Regardless of this petty affront, I will continue to advocate a strong and resolute response to Russian aggression — and frank dialogue when possible.” He continued.
This comes just weeks after “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were barred from entering Israel over their support of various terrorist organizations and organizations that support the destruction of Israel. Their response was to attack Israel for its “inhuman” treatment of them, and accused Israel of being “racist” and “oppressive.” Unsurprisingly, the “Squad” members have been silent about Sen. Johnson being banned from Russia, despite their outrage over Israel’s decision to block them.