National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the Biden administration is preparing another round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Why it matters: The news of a potential new sanctions package comes days after President Biden warned Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva that if Navalny died in prison the consequences for Russia would be “devastating.”
The state of play: The Biden administration has already sanctioned Russia twice this past Spring.
- In March, the administration announced sanctions against 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of Navalny.
- Then in April, it followed up with even more sweeping economic sanctions in coordination with its allies, and formally accused the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service of carrying out the SolarWinds hack.