Sources say sanctions will be coordinated with the EU
The Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia over the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny this week, two administration officials told CNN.
The sanctions will be imposed in consultation with the European Union, the sources said. The measures and exact timing will be clarified by U.S. and EU officials in the coming days.
These will be the first sanctions imposed by the Biden administration on Russia. They are expected to set the tone for the administration’s future policy on relations with Moscow.
According to sources, the Biden administration wants to send a “strong message” about the need to respect human rights and the importance of coordinating sanctions measures with allies. A broader range of Russia-related issues and possible responses are scheduled to be discussed in the coming weeks.
In particular, they are discussing the possibility of signing an executive order that would lead to sanctions against Russia in response to multiple attacks on U.S. democracy and the U.S. military, including the hacking of SolarWinds and rewards for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, an administration official said. The measures are planned as part of a single package.