The United States demanded that the Russian authorities do everything to ensure the safety of Alexei Navalny
The United States has made it clear that Russia will be held accountable whenever that country’s authorities carry out hostile actions, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday.
Answering a question from a journalist during a press briefing, Price said that the arrest and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were primarily due to the fact that the politician was engaged in exposing the activities of the “corrupt regime.”
“Of course, we are concerned about reports that Navalny’s health is deteriorating and that he went on a hunger strike, demanding external medical assistance. We urge the authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure his safety and health. We also reiterate our call for his immediate release and for an end to the persecution of his supporters, ”said a spokesman for the State Department.
Price did not elaborate on exactly what the Joe Biden administration plans to do to counter Russia, noting that “if Moscow continues on this path, then, as we made it clear, we will demand that Moscow be held accountable.” …
Price recalled that we are talking about Russia’s participation in the hacker attack on SolarWinds, interference in the American elections, attempted murder, arrest and imprisonment of Navalny, as well as the alleged reward that Russians offered to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
“We really intend to demand that Russia be held accountable for these actions,” Price said, adding that the US would like to establish a “stable and predictable relationship” with Russia. However, “it is the Russian government and the Kremlin that are still causing instability in our relationship,” Ned Price stressed.