Biden drops the hammer and sanctions Russia for Navalny poisoning

The Biden government sent a strong message to Putin by sanctioning Russia for poisoning opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the sanctions:

The United States, together with the European Union, condemn and respond to the use of a chemical weapon by the Russian Federation in the August 2020 assassination of the Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021. We share the EU’s concerns about themselves exacerbating Russia’s authoritarianism and applaud the EU’s determination to impose sanctions on Russia through its new global human rights authorities.

The US government has used its authorities to send a clear signal that Russia’s use of chemical weapons and human rights violations are having grave consequences. The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and violates international standards.

The United States has consistently described the legal offensive against Mr Navalny as politically motivated, an assessment shared by our G7 partners and the European Court of Human Rights. We repeat our call on the Russian government to release Mr Navalny immediately and unconditionally.

In today’s measures, under the U.S. Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Elimination of Warfare Act 1991, the State Department will expand the existing sanctions Russia placed after its chemical weapons attack on Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom three years ago 2018 were first imposed week. The State Department has also taken action under Executive Order (EO) 13382, targeting weapons of mass destruction proliferators, as well as the Law to Combat Adversaries of America with Sanctions (CAATSA) against several Russian persons and organizations dealing with the chemical weapons of the Russian Federation in There are links between the program and defense and intelligence sectors. In addition, the ministry will amend Section 126.1 of the International Arms Movement Regulation to include Russia on the list of countries subject to a policy of denial of exportation of defense equipment and services, with certain exceptions for exports to Russia in support of the government’s space cooperation. However, exports in support of commercial space cooperation will be restricted after a six-month transition period.

The Treasury Department is appointing seven Russian government officials, five of whom were previously appointed by the EU and the UK for their roles in the poisoning of Navalny and two by the EU in response to the arrest and detention of Mr Navalny. The Ministry of Commerce adds 14 companies to the entity list based on their proliferation activities in support of Russian weapons of mass destruction programs and chemical weapons activities.

Trump refused to acknowledge Russia’s role in the poisoning, let alone actually punish the Russians. The Biden administration is sending a message to the international community that American leadership is back and the days of Putin walking all over America are long gone.

The sanctions are the first in a series of penalties putin on everything from hacking attacks on critical US infrastructure systems to bounties for US troops in Afghanistan.

The Biden government puts America first.

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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.

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