A group of U.S. senators submitted a bill to sanction Russia for the incident with Alexei Navalny, according to a release on Senator Marco Rubio’s website.
The document envisages the introduction of sanctions against Russian officials who, according to the authors of the bill, are “involved in open violation of international law”, including the alleged “poisoning” of Navalny.
The bill requires American authorities to report to Congress on what they know about the finances of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage. It also obliges the White House to report on whether it believes that Russia has violated US laws prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons.
The document was supported by Republican senators Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney, as well as Democrats Chris Koons, Ben Cardin, and Chris Van Hollen.
For the bill to be passed, it must be supported by the Senate and House of Representatives and signed by the U.S. president.
The Navalny incident
On August 20, a bulk plane flying from Tomsk to Moscow was badly damaged. The liner landed in Omsk, where the blogger was urgently hospitalized. Russian doctors called the main diagnosis of a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar levels. No poisons or trace of them were found in Navalny’s urine and blood.
Later, the blogger was transferred to the Charite clinic in Berlin, where he recovered after three weeks of coma on September 7. Now Navalny is recovering.
German authorities claim that the Russian was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the group of poisonous warfare agents “Novichok”. Germany refuses to publicize the results of the examinations.
However, it is known that the German intelligence agency BND has had access to the Novichok since the 1990s. The substance was also studied by about 20 Western countries, while Russia in 1992 ceased development in the field of chemical weapons, and in 2017 destroyed all available stock of such substances under the control of the OPCW.