As Joe Biden meets with Alexei Navalny’s widow and daughter, the United States prepares to impose over 500 sanctions on Russia.

Alexey Navalny’s & US President Joe Biden

Ahead of Russia’s two-year war in Ukraine and in response to the death of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, the US government, led by Joe Biden, will enact a new round of sanctions targeting over 500 entities.

As per a statement from a US Treasury official, these sanctions represent the latest effort by the administration to penalize Russia amidst escalating tensions between the two nations.

During a meeting with Alexey Navalny’s widow and daughter in San Francisco, US President Joe Biden hinted at forthcoming sanctions on Thursday, February 22, holding Russian President Vladimir Putin “responsible” for Navalny’s death.

Pool reporters accompanying the US president noted that Biden had previously criticized Putin multiple times, referring to him as “a crazy SOB” during a fundraiser in San Francisco on Wednesday.

US President Joe Biden’s characterization of Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a crazy SOB” at a fundraiser prompted a response from the Kremlin, which labeled Biden’s remarks a “huge disgrace” for the United States.

In parallel, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced plans for the imposition of more than 500 sanctions on Russia, emphasizing that these measures would constitute a “substantial package.”

Sullivan clarified that the sanctions would target various elements linked to Russia’s defense industrial base and sources of revenue, which fuel the country’s military capabilities.

He described this move as “another turn of the crank” following previous Western sanctions aimed at Russia since the onset of the Ukraine conflict.

Despite the economic impact of previous sanctions on Russia, they have failed to dissuade Putin from advancing with the invasion.

Before Navalny’s death, US officials had been developing a new sanctions package on Russia, which was further enhanced following the opposition leader’s passing, as confirmed by a senior US official.

Additionally, the official noted that US officials collaborated with European partners in the formulation of this new sanctions package.


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