The Biden administration plans to put new sanctions on Russian government officials for the poisoning and jailing of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, according to senior officials on Tuesday.
The administration will announce that the U.S. intelligence community assesses with high confidence that officers from Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, attempted to kill Navalny with a chemical weapon last August.
Details of the sanctions were not released but three departments — the State Department, the Treasury Department and the Commerce Department — are taking actions.
The goal of the actions is to put the U.S., European Union and the U.K. on “the same page” and “speaking with the one voice” in condemning the actions against Navalny, officials said.
In part, the U.S. is catching up with earlier actions from the EU and the U.K., officials said. The EU on Monday approved sanctions on four senior Russian officials.
The Kremlin had threatened that ties with Europe could be severed if the European Union imposed sanctions.
Navalny was treated and recovered at a hospital in Germany after the attack. When he returned to Russia in January, he was arrested, tried and sentenced to two-plus years in prison. Officials called the charges “spurious” and called on Russia to unconditionally and immediately release Navalny from prison. It has been reported that he was transferred in recent days to a labor camp from a Moscow facility.
Officials said the U.S. is not seeking a “reset” with Russia but will aim for stability and predictability in the bilateral relationship.