Jake Sullivan said the US is considering a range of possible measures
Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, speaking Sunday on CNN’s State of the Art program, said the US government had warned Russia of the “consequences” if Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies in prison.
“We conveyed to the Russian government that what happens to Navalny in custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community,” Sullivan told CNN.
“As for the specific measures that we will take, we are considering a number of costs that we can cause, and I am not going to telegraph this publicly now, but we reported that if Navalny dies, it will not remain without consequences,” he added.
Earlier, Reuters reported that Navalny’s risk of kidney failure is increasing and that his vision is deteriorating after two weeks of hunger strike.
A well-known opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, 44-year-old Navalny began refusing food on March 31 to protest the lack of adequate medical care for his leg and back pain.