Press Release: Dr. Al Gross Releases Statement on Russia’s Provocative Naval Exercises off the Coast of AK

ANCHORAGE, AK—Earlier today, independent U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Al Gross released the following statement regarding the news of unprofessional interactions with Alaskan fishermen and Russian military boats:

“This past Wednesday the Russian Navy threatened, in an unprecedented show of force, a Alaskan fishing fleet in the Bering Sea. While claiming to be a large scale military exercise in international waters these maneuvers demonstrate that Vladimir Putin knows he can get away with pushing to the limits international maritime law because he is fully aware that Donald Trump will do nothing to stop him. It also illustrates Russia’s increasingly aggressive encroachment in the Arctic is going unchecked by the Trump administration and Dan Sullivan. Sullivan has done next to nothing to sound the alarm – he stands idly by waiting for his instructions from Donald Trump.

As your next U.S. Senator, I will call out the threat Russia and China pose to international order and the national security of the United States particularly as it relates to stopping or slowing commerce in the Arctic. We must, in no uncertain terms, condemn the actions taken by Russia that clearly are about intimidation and disruption.

This is not simply a miscommunication between our military agencies, as Dan Sullivan said—it’s about standing up to the administration for once and telling Trump to do the right thing by putting Putin in his place.