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Oregon’s Congressional leaders back sanctions on Russia, condemn attack on Ukraine

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrats from Oregon, address a Portland business summit on Dec. 6, 2021. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz made brief remarks in Medford days ahead of the invasion.

Nearly every member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation on Thursday condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and backed sanctions to punish the invaders.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon and chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a virtual town hall Thursday in Eugene that Russia’s action was “an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation based on blatant lies.”

He said he supported the “very toughest economic sanctions” against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

President Joe Biden announced a second round of sanctions . . .