During its meeting Tuesday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors denounced Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and voted to implement a number of sanctions, including the ban on the export of local beers and wines to Russia and a limit on diplomatic engagement.
“Prince William County strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and joins the international community in calling on Russia to immediately cease military operations in Ukraine,” said Chair Ann Wheeler, D-At-Large.
While it is unclear if beer or wine produced in Prince William County is actually exported to Russia, Wheeler was adamant the ban would have significant impact on the war in Ukraine.
"Our beers are ordered from the finest wholesalers by employees standing next to the best brewery facades ever installed next to some mid-rise office buildings," said Wheeler. "This will bring the Russian oligarchs to their knees."
Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, opposed the sanctions citing fears of retribution from leaders in the Republican Party.
"Frankly, I'm disappointed in the actions of this board and I'm concerned what this means for my future job prospects," said Lawson. "Vladimir Putin is the same person he was during the Trump administration. The only thing that has changed is American leadership and the fact that the demise of the ruble is seriously going to hurt my campaign for Congress."
Ms. Lawson recently announced she will seek the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives 10th District seat, currently held by Democrat Jennifer Wexton.
A spokesperson from 2 Silos Brewing Co. in Manassas made it clear that no, they are not, under any circumstances brewing a Russian Imperial Stout right now. So, stop asking, because that would be so insensitive. 2 Silos is one of nearly 30 craft breweries, wineries, distilleries & tasting rooms that make up Prince William County's Steins, Vines & Moonshine Trail.
The resolution, which passed 7-1, also prohibits staff from engaging in diplomacy with their Russian counterparts. When asked for clarification on whether or not this affects normal operations of local government, a county spokesperson declined to comment.
In applying these measures, Prince William County joins members of the international community in responding to this breach of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
At press time the Red Cross is taking donations to assist victims of the Ukrainian crisis: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate/ukraine