Senate Passes Bipartisan Grassley and Durbin Resolution Celebrating 100 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between the United States and the Baltic States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution brought forward by the Senses. Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus co-chairs Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations with the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The resolution also reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) amid growing Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.

“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.

Grassley and Durbin previously presented the Baltic Defense and Deterrence Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to effectively codify the Baltic Security Initiative effort and create a complementary initiative to the US State Department. Together, these two efforts will enhance and strengthen U.S. security and economic cooperation with the Baltic countries amid Russia’s continued aggression toward the Baltic countries and heightened tensions with China. Grassley and Durbin also introduced bipartisan legislation to replenish arms, ammunition and other defense equipment supplied to Ukraine by certain NATO countries to fortify NATO’s eastern flank.

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.) .

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.