The State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are now looking into “Russia’s hostile actions on all fronts.”
The Joe Biden administration has been doing everything possible since day one to “hold the Russian regime accountable for its hostile actions on all fronts.” State Department spokesman Ned Price said this at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Responding to a question from a journalist who mentioned the European Union’s tougher stance on Russia in connection with the sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and massive human rights violations, Price said the Biden administration was doing everything possible to hold Russia accountable “in every way.”
“Certainly, in the early days of this administration, we have witnessed brutal repression against Russian citizens who have taken to the streets only to exercise the rights guaranteed to them by the Russian constitution,” the State Department official stressed.
Ned Price added that the State Department and the Director of National Intelligence were “examining a range of hostile acts” of Moscow, taking into account “the outrageous Russian actions in the case (of Alexei Navalny), and Russia’s violations of human rights more broadly.
Based on the conclusions reached by the agencies, appropriate measures will be taken against Russia “as soon as possible,” Ned Price assured.
“I wouldn’t want to name a time frame, but I think you’ve clearly seen us take a number of actions, coordinate our actions with allies and partners, which leaves no doubt in our position,” the State Department spokesman said.