U.S and EU To Press Sanctions on Russia

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The European Union, together with the Biden administration is set to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny’s poisoning last year followed by his arrest and detention early this year.

According to Biden’s administration, the sanction aims to send a strong message on human rights.

U.S and EU officials are expected to discuss an executive order focused on Russia’s for its alleged interference during the U.S elections, and the Solar Wind hacking, among others.

U.S., E.U. set to impose sanctions on Russia

The coordinated sanctions come in response to the Kremlin’s poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent arrest and detention.

NBC News reports that according to three anonymous sources, the U.S. and the European Union are expected to impose coordinated sanctions on Russia as early as Tuesday for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his arrest and detention.

The sanctions will be the first to target Moscow since Joe Biden became president and opened a comprehensive review of U.S.-Russia policy, including the Kremlin’s actions against Navalny, interference into the U.S. election, the Solar Winds hack and reported bounties offered to Taliban-linked groups to target U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The U.S. is expected to use legal authorities to impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a chemical nerve agent against Navalny in August.

Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia over Navalny treatment this week

The Biden administration is seeking to send a “strong message” on human rights

Two administration officials told CNN that the Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia over the poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny this week.

These sanctions would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration and will set the tone for their policy towards Moscow going forward. 

One option being discussed is an executive order focused on Russia which would trigger sanctions on the country for multiple assaults on US democracy and American personnel — including the SolarWinds hack and the bounties put on US soldiers in Afghanistan — in one package.

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MSNBC: NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel speaks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on the expected sanctions from the Biden administration in response to the Navalny poisoning.