“I am pleased that the Senate supported our efforts to mark 100 years of continuous diplomatic relations between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the United States. This step is important because it highlights the history of these countries, which have never given up freedom even during 50 years of occupation, and their enduring bond with the United States based on shared values. With the three Baltic allies sharing a direct border with Russia, maintaining strong diplomatic relations is even more important given Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Today, each Baltic country is a vibrant, free-market democracy with a bright future. I look forward to what the next 100 years have in store for us,” said Grassley.
“By adopting our bipartisan resolution, the Senate sends a clear message to our Baltic friends: we stand with you to defend democratic values abroad,” Durbin said.“As Putin’s unprovoked war rages on, I remain firm in my support for the Baltic states as they fight against Russian aggression. This resolution builds on our continued work to support the Baltic countries, and I look forward to the next 100 years of friendship and positive achievements between our nations.
Along with Grassley and Durbin, the resolution is also co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Susan Collins (R- Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Thom Tillis (RN.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ben Cardin ( D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jack Reed (DR.I.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) .