Inslee orders Washington agencies to assess and terminate possible partnerships with Russia

Ted S.Warren

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. Inslee announced that Washington State is expanding its vaccination mandate to include all teachers and staff at public, charter, and private schools, as well as those working at colleges and universities in the state. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for unvaccinated people to include those who are vaccinated.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee has ordered all Washington state agencies to assess any possible partnerships with Russia and work to terminate them.

Inslee made the announcement at a press conference on Monday. This applies to business relations or any connection with Russian state institutions or important Russian companies.

Inslee said Washington stood with Ukrainians and Russians protesting President Vladimir Putin’s “vicious, malicious and totally unwarranted act of violence.”

“I think anyone who understands the benefits of democracy should think about disassociating themselves from Russian entities right now,” Inslee said.

The governor added that he fully supports any company – large or small – that decides to join Washington State in this effort.

“When we take these steps, sometimes there can be a downside for us, but defending democracy totally justifies that downside,” Inslee said.

He went on to say that it was better to have strong economic sanctions than to delay the war.

“We have to arrest Vladimir Putin starting today,” Inslee said.

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