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Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia in the coming weeks over the poisoning and jailing of Russia opposition leader Alexey Navalny, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter.

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia in the coming weeks over the poisoning and jailing of Russia opposition leader Alexey Navalny, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter.

This move could be the first cost imposed on Russia by the Biden administration, which has condemned the treatment of Navalny and those protesting on his behalf, and would mark a clear departure from the strategy of the Trump administration, which failed to impose penalties over the poisoning and shied away from directly confronting Russia over its misdeeds.

The discussions over the Navalny sanctions are happening as the White House also prepares to take a series of steps in the weeks ahead against those they believe are accountable for the SolarWinds cyber hack, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN last week.

The Biden administration is not starting from scratch as they draft the options for Navalny sanctions.

The inaction of the Trump administration put the US out of step with its European allies when it comes to the poisoning of Navalny.

EU nations rolled out Navalny sanctions shortly after his poisoning last year, but the US did not.

Blinken participated virtually in yesterday's EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on Monday and said he "welcomed the EU's decision to impose sanctions against Russia under the human rights sanctions regime in response to actions taken against [Navalny] and his supporters. "

Biden administration officials point to ongoing intelligence reviews and their necessity of fully understanding the state of play before rolling out their entire Russia policy.

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