USA*ENGAGE Urges Worldwide Response to

Thursday, 25 September 1997

"The vote by the Russian parliament is certainly unfortunate. The United States should work aggressively with other world leaders to encourage religious tolerance in Russia and throughout the world. Success in this effort will be much more likely if we are not working alone," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA* ENGAGE.

Kittredge noted that the U.S. Senate has threatened to cut off U.S. aid to Russia, and that legislation currently being considered in the Congress would surely trigger further economic sanctions if the Russian parliament's actions become law.

"Unilateral sanctions against Russia will not be successful, and could be particularly damaging to sensitive U.S./Russian relations. We urge our leaders to work within an international framework to try to reverse any religious restrictions in Russia," Kittredge concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 645 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.

 

Contact: Eric Thomas at 202-822-9491