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United States imposes sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning – Prime Time Zone

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The White House said it has reports that confirm that the Russian Federal Security Service tried to use a chemical agent to kill the opposition leader

EFE / EPA / YURI KOCHETKOVAlexei Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison upon returning to Russia

You U.S announced sanctions against Russia this Tuesday, 2, due to the assassination attempt and the arrest of the main leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny. In a statement, the White House he said he has reports that confirm that the politician was poisoned by the Russian Federal Security Service, the former KGB, with the chemical agent Novichok. For this reason, visa and economic restrictions were imposed on the country.

At the end of January, the president Joe Biden had already talked by phone with the head of government of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and request for the release of Navalny. The sanctions announcement shows a change in the tone of the United States in relation to the former president’s government Donald Trump. “We are already sending a clear signal to Russia that there are consequences for the use of chemical weapons,” said one of the senior officials in Washington D.C., who asked for anonymity.

* With information from EFE

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