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  • today, the United States is announcing sanctions on seven senior members of the Russian government.

  • The Biden administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow's attempt to poison opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a nerve agent last year in President Joe Biden's most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin.

  • The move marked a sharp turn away from former President Donald Trump's reluctance to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Seven senior members of the Russian government would be blocked from accessing their financial assets in the U.

  • S.

  • But it was unclear whether the seven had US assets, making it hard to judge whether the sanctions were more than symbolic.

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

  • It was not meant to be a silver bullet or an ending to what has been a difficult relationship with Russia.

  • We expect the relationship to continue to be a challenge.

  • We're prepared for that and we're neither seeking to reset our relations with Russia, nor are we seeking to escalate.

  • New export restrictions were also placed on businesses and other entities associated with Russia's biological and chemical agent production.

  • Navalny, a Putin critic and political opponent, became ill on a flight in Siberia in August and was airlifted to Germany, where doctors concluded he had been poisoned with a nerve agent.

  • The Kremlin has denied any role in his illness and said it had seen no proof he was poisoned.

  • Navalny returned to Russia in January and was jailed February 2nd for parole violations on what he said were politically motivated charges.

  • We also reiterate our call for the Russian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mr Navalny.

  • The U.

  • S sanctions are in concert with similar ones imposed by the European Union Tuesday.

  • The Interfax news agency reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that Russia would respond in kind to any new U.

  • S sanctions over Navalny.

today, the United States is announcing sanctions on seven senior members of the Russian government.

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U.S. slaps sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/05
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