This resolution calls for the United States to provide assistance to Ukraine, in order to to help the nation meet the economic, social, and government reform requirements for membership in the European Union (E.U.).
The E.U. is a political and economic union of 28 countries, mostly located in Europe. It was created after World War II, in an effort to facilitate international relations and avoid future wars.
Ukraine is not a member, and its citizens are divided on whether to join. Some support membership for the potential economic boost and political stability, while others would rather see their country strengthen its ties with Russia.
Before it can qualify for membership, the European Union would require Ukraine to make sweeping economic and political reforms, including ending corruption and expensive subsidies in its gas industry.
This resolution calls the United States to provide assistance as Ukraine attempts to become eligible for E.U. membership.
The resolution states that the United States is already authorized to provide financial support, citing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. This Act, which was signed in December 2014, authorizes the U.S. to help Ukraine in "restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity," in an effort to deter Russia from invading Ukraine and other countries in the region.
Specifically, this resolution calls President Obama and Congress to provide Ukraine with both financial and defensive military aid. It also encourages Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to continue fighting corruption and “creating an inclusive and tolerant society for all of Ukraine's citizens.”The resolution further expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people and encourages the European Union to accept Ukraine as a member when it achieves the required eligibility reforms.