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The Biden Administration prepares new sanctions against Russia for the Navalni case


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The White House is already preparing additional sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalni, the US national security adviser revealed on Sunday. Jake Sullivan, who accompanied Joe Biden on his trip to Europe and his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva. “We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case,” Sullivan told CNN. “Our message to Russia is clear: we will respond to all the evil actions of Russia, including in the case of Navalni.”

In March, the Biden Administration already imposed a series of sanctions on various Russian officials and entities for the poisoning and imprisonment of the opposition leader. Those penalties, carried out in coordination with the European Union, represent the first significant blow against Moscow since Biden took office. Now, Biden is working on expanding those penalties.

In the last six years, the US has already imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia for various reasons, including interference in their elections presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. These actions contrast with the public position of Donald Trump, who defended the need to maintain better relations with Moscow.

In his long-awaited meeting with Putin, Biden warned that if Navalni dies in prison, the consequences for the Russian government will be “devastating”, he said in a press conference after the summit. Putin, however, accused Navalni of being an agitator, and deliberately seeking to go to jail to care. Biden first came to office by calling Putin a “murderer” during a television interview, prompting the call for consultations from the Russian ambassador in Washington.

After the meeting between Biden and Putin, the latter agreed to return to Washington the Russian ambassador to the White House, Anatoli Antonov, something he did this weekend.

Navalni, 44, is the most prominent critic of the Russian president, and has been imprisoned since January, when he returned to Russia after recovering from a poisoning for which he almost died and that, according to several independent investigations, was perpetrated by the services. Russian security officers. Navalni maintains that the order to poison him came from Putin himself, something that he denies.

The opponent began a hunger strike on March 31 to request adequate medical treatment for the low back pain and atrophy of the legs and hands that he suffers, aggravated by the conditions of his imprisonment. Navalni doctors recently asked that be transferred to intensive care, given his delicate state of health.

Summit in Geneva

Right after the White House announced that Biden and Putin would hold their first meeting in person in Geneva, the US ambassador to Russia said in a closed-door hearing on Capitol Hill that he was concerned that Biden would make too many concessions to Moscow. without receiving anything in return. Ambassador John Sullivan He suggested that Putin is not acting in good faith with the US and that the Biden government runs the risk of repeating the same mistakes made by its predecessors if it does not show a strong hand against Putin, according to the Ap news agency.

Biden made no concessions in his meeting with Putin, and in his public appearances after the meeting said that he does not trust his Russian counterpart. The White House has wanted to make clear, through various spokespersons and officials, including Sullivan, that the summit in Geneva was not an award or concession, but a forum to make clear to Putin the consequences of new interference or provocations.

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