- The sanction will be marked as the first sanction by Biden on Russia.
- The US will be coordinating with the EU to determine what the sanctions will entail and their exact timing.
- The officials of the UN had demanded the immediate release of Navalny.
- The EU has already approved sanctions on four senior Russian officials.
The United States under the ruling of the newly elected President Joe Biden is all set to impose sanctions on Russia for poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The sanction will be marked as the first sanction by Biden on Russia. It would also be a marked departure from his predecessor Donald Trump’s approach to dealing with Moscow.
According to a few administration officials, the US is said to coordinate with the European Union and determine what the sanctions will entail and their exact timing. “A potential option is an executive order that would trigger sanctions on Russia for repeated attacks on US democracy. This includes the SolarWinds cybersecurity hack and placing bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan,” an official added.
Earlier on Monday, the EU had approved sanctions on four senior Russian officials. This happened after the UN Human Rights experts had instructed for an international probe into Navalny’s poisoning and his immediate release. The sanctions are on four justice and law enforcement officers involved in Navalny’s detention. These four individuals are the first to be targeted under the EU’s new human rights sanctions regime, which came into effect in December. Reportedly, all four will be banned from traveling to the EU, and any assets held there will be frozen.
The UN special rapporteur on the extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard and Irene Khan who is the top expert on freedom of opinion and expression suggested the need to ensure accountability for Navalny’s sinister poisoning. Both the officials demanded the immediate release of Navalny from a Russian penal colony,
Last month, after returning from Germany in Moscow, Navalny was sentenced to jail. In Germany, he was in the hospital where he was being treated after he was poisoned. The imprisoning of Putin’s best-known opponent sparked nationwide protests that saw thousands of demonstrators detained and triggered calls in the West for Navalny’s release.