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Biden to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning, jailing

Added 03-02-21 09:58:01am EST - “The Biden administration on Tuesday announced new sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow's poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, accusing Russia's main intelligence agency of attempting to assassinate…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Biden to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning, jailing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced new sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, accusing Russia’s main intelligence agency of attempting to assassinate Navalny last year.

The Biden administration is imposing sanctions on seven members of the Russian government and export controls on several business entities involved in biological agent production. The sanctions include Russian officials and a Russian research center that were previously sanctioned by the European Union (EU) last October in connection with Navalny’s poisoning in August 2020.

The sanctions, which are being coordinated with EU partners, come after an intelligence community assessment concluded with “high confidence” that officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) used the Novichok nerve agent to poison Navalny last August, Biden administration officials said.

“We’re sending a clear signal to Russia that there are consequences for the use of chemical weapons,” a senior administration official said.

The sanctions are expected to be formally rolled out later Tuesday. They are the first U.S. sanctions to be imposed on Russia over Navalny’s poisoning.

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