"Pleased to have the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pass our bipartisan resolution to push back against Russian aggression in the Black Sea", Johnson said in a Twitter post.
The bill calls for an enhanced NATO presence in the Black Sea and urges the president, State Department and Defence Department to step up security assistance to Ukraine.
It also "applauds and concurs with the European Parliament’s December 12, 2018, resolution condemning Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, calling for the pipeline’s cancellation due to its threat to European energy security, and calling on the Russian Federation to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait", according to the text of the draft bill.
Now that the committee voted in favour of the resolution, the legislation will advance to the full Senate for a vote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the incident was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law. Putin said the provocation could be linked to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's low approval ratings ahead of the presidential election.