US preparing more Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning and imprisonment

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Biden administration may impose further sanctions with respect to chemical weapon
09:23, 21 June 2021

Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

The Biden administration is preparing to impose additional sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was announced on Sunday by the president's national security adviser Jake Sullivan in an interview with CNN.

"We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case. We've shown all along the way that we are not going to pull our punches, whether it's on solar winds, or election interference, or Navalny when it comes to responding to Russia's harmful activities," Sullivan said.

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Sullivan said the sanctions will come once the US can "ensure that we are getting the right targets," adding, "When we do that, we will impose further sanctions with respect to chemical weapons."

Meanwhile, the European Union is set to ban new loans to Belarus after reaching a deal on Friday for economic sanctions on Belarus as punishment for forcing down a flight to arrest a journalist Roman Protasevich.

Broad economic sanctions would be the EU's strongest response yet to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in May by Belarusian authorities, a move the bloc's leaders have called state piracy.

Restrictions on the Belarusian financial sector, if agreed by EU governments at a political level, will include: a ban on new loans, a ban on EU investors from trading securities or buying short-term bonds and a ban on EU banks from providing investment services. EU export credits will also end.

Related: Naftogaz-Ukraine delegation goes to Washington for talks on sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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