US to Impose ‘Major Sanctions’ on Russia Over Navalny

The United States is set to unveil a significant sanctions package against Russia this Friday, in a move aimed at holding the Kremlin accountable for the death of Alexei Navalny, a prominent opposition figure and critic of President Vladimir Putin.

John Kirby, the National Security Communications Advisor, announced the impending sanctions, underscoring the U.S. government’s stance that Putin’s administration bears responsibility for Navalny’s death.

Sanctions in Response to Navalny’s Death

Kirby articulated the U.S. position, stating,

“Whatever story the Russian government decides to tell the world, it’s clear that President Putin and his government are responsible for Mr. Navalny’s death.”

The sanctions, according to Kirby, are directed by President Joe Biden and seek to address not only the tragic loss of Navalny but also Russia’s continued conflict with Ukraine.

“I think what you’ll see in this package…is a set of sanctions — a regime that not only is designed to hold Mr. Putin accountable for now two years of war in Ukraine, but also specifically supplemented with additional sanctions regarding Mr. Navalny’s death,” Kirby elaborated.

Global Reactions and Kremlin’s Denial

The announcement comes in the wake of Navalny’s death last week at the age of 47, while imprisoned. Biden has directly attributed the opposition leader’s death to actions taken by Putin and his close associates.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed this sentiment, asserting Russia’s responsibility for the incident.

Amidst international outcry, Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny’s widow, has demanded the return of her husband’s remains for a dignified burial, alleging murder by poisoning as the cause of death.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, dismissed these allegations as “unfounded, unsupported and borish.”

A Continued Stance Against Russian Aggression

The forthcoming sanctions mark a continuation of the U.S. strategy to counter Russian hostility, particularly in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Previous sanctions enacted by the Biden administration in December targeted financial institutions supporting Russia’s military advancements.

This new package, however, represents a direct response to Navalny’s death, signaling a robust stance against human rights violations and geopolitical aggression.

With information from ABC News

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