Bipartisan group of senators calls on Trump to sanction Russia for Navalny poisoning

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A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday called on the Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, an opposition figurehead and prominent critic of the Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Putin The canyon of US foreign policy on China Russia ready to freeze nuclear warheads in exchange for new START extension Protect US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt READ MORE.The call comes after the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions last week on six senior Russian officials, including the head of Russia’s internal security service and Putin’s deputy chief of staff, for the poisoning of Navalny.

In a letter to the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump and his advisers plan to fire FBI director after election: WaPo Brazil’s OECD candidacy best chance for reform Watch Live: Pompeo press conference READ MORE and Secretary of the Treasury Steven MnuchinSteven Terner Mnuchin Trump and his advisers consider sacking FBI director after election: WaPo Trump questions hopes of early stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 PLUS help, lawmakers called on the United States to identify the individuals behind the Navalny attack.

“Those Mr. Navalny rightly called ‘thieves and crooks’ tried to silence one of Russia’s last independent voices with this attack,” the senators wrote.

“As this administration works with partners to identify the individuals behind this crime, the commitment of the United States to deter such acts is essential,” they added.

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Navalny, who fell seriously ill on a Russian domestic flight, was found to have been poisoned with the Soviet-era chemical nerve agent Novichok, according to German medics who treated the opposition leader when he was taken to Berlin for treatment. The use of the nerve agent was subsequently confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Navalny has since recovered and, in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, called President TrumpDonald John Trump Judge Decides Not to Release Investigative Documents on Russia on Trump’s Tweets that Trump and His Advisors Consider Firing FBI Director After Election: WaPo Obama to Campaign for Biden in Florida MORE to condemn the use of chemical weapons.

“I think it is extremely important that everyone, of course, including and perhaps above all else the President of the United States, be again[st] using chemical weapons in the 21st century, ”Navalny told the program.

Russian officials have denied accusations they were behind the attack, questioned Novichok’s findings, and accused Europe of instituting a smear campaign against Moscow.

Novichok was identified earlier in the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury. The international community, joined by the United States, responded by imposing sanctions on Russia, expelling diplomats and shutting down Russian missions.

“The Putin regime has already shown its willingness to assassinate its critics in other countries using radioactive materials and chemical weapons,” the senators wrote. “Our efforts to help those who are solely concerned with having their country respect its own laws and international commitments serve as a powerful signal to all brutal regimes.”



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