Montpelier, VT — Only a few days after he ordered for the removal of Russian-made products from Vermont liquor stores, Governor Phil Scott issued an executive order outlining additional steps that Vermont is taking in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“In real-time, we’ve watched in horror as Russian forces commit acts of terror on a peaceful nation – one that seeks nothing more than the right to choose its own future,” said Governor Scott. “But 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.
“While a military intervention is not currently on the table, we cannot sit idly by while Putin reverses decades of progress since the end of the second world war. We should support businesses that are funding this horrible war.”
The executive order includes:
- Directing the Secretary of the Agency of Administration and the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services to review all contracts for the purchase of goods and to immediately cease all purchases and terminate contracts for the purchase of Russian-sourced goods, and goods produced by Russian entities.
- Directs the Secretaries and Commissioners of the Executive Branch to review all contracts for the purchase of goods and to immediately cease purchases and terminate contracts for the purchase of Russian-sourced goods and goods produced by Russian entities.
- Requests that the General Assembly appropriate $643,077, one dollar for every Vermonter, for humanitarian efforts needed to support the people of Ukraine.
- Rescinds Executive Order 100-91, which established a sister-state relationship between Vermont and Karelia, now a federal subject of the Russian Federation.
- Requests the General Assembly to rescind J.R.H. 129, adopted by Legislature in 1990 (R-157. Joint Resolution Relating to Strengthening Ties with the Peoples of Karelia Within the Soviet Union).
- Calls on any Vermont municipality that has established a sister-city/town agreement with a Russian municipality to suspend or terminate the arrangements, until the Russian municipality opposes current Russian policy towards Ukraine and has a government freely and democratically elected by the people of the municipality.
Montpelier business owner Lauren Andrews is among those supporting Ukraine. Andrews thought of the idea to hang Ukrainian flags in store fronts and has teamed up with the owner of Capitol Copy, who is donating free prints.
“I didn’t have any brilliant ideas of what to do, but we can print. So if they were going to put things up in the windows, it was easy for us to offer to do that,” said Glenn Sturgis. He says the flags remind him a similar effort after September 11th attacks, when he printed out free American flags.
Mary Kay Blouin, Co-owner of Delish Montpelier Sweet Shop says a Ukrainian family expressed their appreciation for the support.
“The mom came back in to thank me for having the Ukrainian flag in our window and told me that she just found out her parents had gotten out of Ukraine safely and I was very moved by that.”
Andrews says the Montpelier business community is considering donating funds to a Ukrainian organization.
Thursday afternoon, Vermont’s legislative leaders spoke highly of Governor Scott’s stance on Ukraine. House Speaker Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint says both chambers will take immediate action to get humanitarian aid out the door next week.