Navalny arrest prompts calls for EU sanctions against Russia
To impose sanctions, the authors of the letter suggest using &# 171; Magnitsky act&# 187;
A group of American senators urged the administration of US President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin posted on the websites of Republican Senators Mita Romney and Marco Rubio.
In addition to Romney and Rubio, the letter was signed by Republican Senator Roger Wicker, as well as Democrats Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin and Chris Koons..
“Navalny is currently the main critic of Vladimir Putin in Russia. His investigations into senior Russian officials have inspired generations of young Russians to dream of a country dominated by the rule of law and where the average citizen has the right to vote, ”the letter said..
“Those whom Navalny labels as "crooks and thieves", tried to silence one of the last independent voices in Russia with this attack, ”the senators note and remind of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Alexander Litvinenko.
US cannot remain silent as Russia tries to silence opponents around the world, senators said.
To impose sanctions, the authors of the letter suggest using the Magnitsky Act, as well as the American law on the control of chemical and biological weapons and the prohibition of their military use..
In Russia, accusations of involvement in the poisoning of Navalny are called a provocation.
European Union and Great Britain imposed sanctions for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.
The sanctions list includes six people, including FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo.
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