US calls out Russia to end the persecution of independent voices after mass arrest in Moscow | WION
The arrest of the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced today by a Moscow court to almost three years in prison, and the massive detentions of peaceful protesters will be factored into the future US policy towards Russia. This was announced at a press briefing on Tuesday by Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department..
Answering a journalist's question about whether Moscow's recent actions will affect the plan to bring Russia to justice, on which the United States is now working with its allies, Price answered in the affirmative..
Reminding reporters that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has already condemned the Kremlin's actions, Price added that President Joe Biden, in one of his first statements as Supreme Commander, had instructed the intelligence community to fully assess Russia's actions..
“As stated, this includes the SolarWinds hack, Moscow's interference in the 2020 US elections, the use of chemical weapons against Navalny, and alleged offers of rewards (to the Taliban) for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan. This work is still ongoing. This is overseen by the Director of National Intelligence. These concerns … are at the heart of this review, and we will take that into account in determining the next steps, ”Price said..
According to a spokesman for the State Department, Washington will closely monitor the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia. Special attention will be paid to “what happened to Mr. Navalny, the mass arrests of those who bravely took to the streets after his arrest. Of course, all this will be taken into account when determining the appropriate political course ", – assured the representative of the State Department.
On Tuesday afternoon, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki also mentioned that the intelligence community, on behalf of the president, is now compiling a full overview of all the wrongful acts committed by Moscow recently. Psaki clarified that the arrest and imprisonment of Navalny will be one of the factors that will determine the guidelines for the future US policy towards Russia..