Governor Hutchinson Condemns Russia’s Attack on Ukraine; Calls for 3 Days of Prayer, Review of Arkansas Business Ties: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Governor Hutchinson Condemns Russia’s Attack on Ukraine; Calls for 3 Days of Prayer, Arkansas Trade Links Review
LITTLE STONE – Governor Asa Hutchinson declared his unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today with a directive to determine whether Arkansas has business contracts with Russia and a call for “special days of prayer for Ukraine”.
In a letter to his 15 cabinet secretaries, Governor Hutchinson called for a review of all state departments to see if “contracts or agreements between Arkansas, the Russian Federation or other Russian entities exist”.
He condemned Russian attacks “against civilians and civilian infrastructure, as well as plans to assassinate Ukrainian leaders”.
“These actions are not only illegal but completely unacceptable,” the governor wrote. “While Arkansas’ economic ties to Russia are limited, I want to make sure that as a state, we don’t indirectly support Russian aggression through its economy. I am transparent and unequivocal in my condemnation of these actions.
The Governor praised the courage of Ukrainians and called for continued “economic and political pressure” from the international community.
“The Ukrainian people are proving to the world that they are ready to do whatever is necessary to defend their country, their families and their freedoms against Russian aggression. We must do everything we can to ensure that (Vladimir) Putin and his aides pay for their actions.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission reports that there are no Russian- or Ukrainian-owned businesses in Arkansas. In 2021, Arkansas’ imports from Russia totaled $8.1 million and exports totaled $64 million. In 2021, Arkansas’ imports from Ukraine totaled $2 million and exports totaled $455,361.
Governor Hutchinson has declared March 1 through March 3 “Special Days of Prayer for Ukraine in Arkansas,” which will include a dedicated prayer for Ukrainian citizens at the Arkansas Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. 3rd of March.
The proclamation is available HERE.
The letter to cabinet secretaries can be found HERE.
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