U.S. officials said that discussions on measures to respond to destructive security breaches in at least nine federal agencies and dozens of private companies are still ongoing, but may take place within a few weeks. And other options that clearly show the Biden administration’s broader view of Russia’s actions.
The two government officials said that the form that Navalny sanctions will take has been consolidated and may be launched in coordination with the European Union.
This move will be the first expense imposed by the Biden administration on Russia and will mark a clear deviation from the Trump administration’s strategy. The Trump administration has failed to punish poisoning and avoid direct confrontation with Russia due to its misconduct.
European Union High Representative Josep Borrell (Josep Borrell) said on Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for coordination of actions against Russia in the Navalny case. Brinken addressed the EU Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday.
Sullivan also said, “What the previous government said may be of Russian origin.” We believe that we can do more. “
The Biden administration did not start from scratch because they drafted the Navalny sanctions plan. One of the officials explained that the U.S. State Department made various choices under the leadership of the Trump administration last year, but these choices have never been imposed.
The Trump administration’s inaction enabled the United States to enter the European alliance in the poisoning incident with Navalny. Soon after Navani was poisoned last year, EU countries lifted Navani sanctions, but the United States did not.
Brinken actually participated in yesterday’s EU Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) on Monday and said that “he welcomes the EU’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia under the human rights sanctions regime in response to actions taken against Russia. [Navalny] And his supporters. “
Biden administration officials pointed out that the ongoing intelligence review and the need for them to fully understand the situation before launching the entire Russian policy. Intelligence reviews include SolarWinds violations, Russia’s intervention in the 2020 election, Russia’s use of chemical weapons against Navalny, and alleged bounties for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Government officials have promised that the intelligence review will be carried out as soon as possible.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said earlier this month: “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is rapidly conducting this review.” “I hope this review will not take longer than necessary.”
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler (Jennifer Hansler) contributed to this report.