Scott calls for Vermonters to stand with Ukraine
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday said that Vermonters stand united with the people of Ukraine in the country’s fight against Russian aggression.
The governor said the free world was dealt a wake-up call last week and that Vermont will do everything it can to support Ukraine. “I know that several of these steps are symbolic, but we need to let the people of Ukraine know we are there for them,” Scott said. “The bravery, courage and resolve of the Ukrainian people and its leaders have been incredibly inspiring. I know there is nothing our small state can do alone to change the outcome of what happens over 4,000 miles away, but I think it’s important we do something to show our support for the people of Ukraine in their time of need.”
In addition to dropping Russian-made alcohol products like Russian Standard, Green Mark, Hammer and Sickle, and Beluga from state-operated liquor stores, Scott Thursday signed an executive order with other steps, including:
- Reviewing and dropping all state contracts with Russian-owned companies.
- Asking the state treasurer to divest from any financial connections with Russia.
- Asking the Legislature to appropriate $643,077 in humanitarian aid, a number representing Vermont’s population.
- Rescind a 1990 agreement that established a sister-state relationship between Vermont and Karelia, a member of the Russian Federation.
- Asking all municipalities to suspend sister city/town relationships with Russian entities.
- Invite Ukrainian refugees to settle in Vermont.
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