For American intelligence, there is no longer any doubt: it is Moscow, through its secret services, which is responsible for the poisoning of the opponent Alexeï Navalny. The United States announced on Tuesday sanctions against several senior Russian officials, reiterating for the occasion its “call for the immediate and unconditional release” of the Russian opponent.
These are the first sanctions against Russia announced by Joe Biden who, since coming to power on January 20, has taken a much firmer tone towards the Kremlin than Donald Trump. In Brussels, a week ago, the member states of the European Union had for their part formalized sanctions against four senior Russian officials involved in the legal proceedings against Alexeï Navalny, and in the repression carried out against his supporters.
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The sanctions, which target in particular seven senior officials whose names were not immediately announced, were taken “in close consultation with our EU partners” and are “a clear signal” sent to Moscow, a US official said on condition of anonymity. “We are not looking for an overhaul or an escalation,” said this source, stressing that the United States would not hesitate to show firmness whenever it deems it necessary.
Russia intends to retaliate
“The intelligence community (Editor’s note: American) believes with a high degree of confidence that officials of the Russian Security Services (FSB) used a nerve agent known as Novichok to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on August 20, 2020, ”said a responsible. United Nations experts on Monday called for an international investigation into the opponent’s poisoning.
A few hours before this American announcement, which follows the European Union’s decision, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had assured that Moscow would respond to Western sanctions. “No one has canceled the rules of diplomacy and one of those rules is the principle of reciprocity,” he said.
Alexeï Navalny has been the target of multiple legal proceedings since his return to Russia after five months of convalescence in Germany, where he was recovering from his poisoning. The opponent arrived Sunday in a penal colony 200 kilometers east of Moscow to serve a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, which he and his supporters denounce as political.
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