News500 new sanctions target Russia following Navalny's death

500 new sanctions target Russia following Navalny's death

US President Joe Biden returns to the White House from his trip to California in Washington, DC, USA, 22 February 2024. Biden traveled on a two-day trip to California where he attended campaign events, EPA/Yuri Gripas / POOL Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
US President Joe Biden returns to the White House from his trip to California in Washington, DC, USA, 22 February 2024. Biden traveled on a two-day trip to California where he attended campaign events, EPA/Yuri Gripas / POOL Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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12:07 PM EST, February 23, 2024

Yesterday, President Biden met with Alexei Navalny's wife and daughter, after which he announced another portion of sanctions to be made on Putin, who, as Biden said, is responsible for this death.

In a committed move, the United States has unleashed a barrage of over 500 fresh sanctions against Russia in light of its incursion into Ukraine and the tragic demise of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while in custody.

USA and EU hit Russian economy

President Joe Biden declared that these sanctions specifically target individuals associated with Navalny's incarceration and the military apparatus of Russia. Export restrictions will be slapped on nearly 100 entities or persons implicated.

Simultaneously, the European Union (EU) joined in with its punitive measures. In retaliation, Moscow barred EU officials from setting foot on Russian soil. This sanction spree coincides with the one-week anniversary of Navalny's sudden demise in an Arctic Circle prison, an event President Biden unequivocally attributes to Putin.

In a parallel move, the EU levied sanctions on nearly 200 entities accused of aiding Russia in arms procurement or involvement in alleged kidnappings, despite Moscow's denial.

Since the onset of the conflict, the EU has cataloged over 2,000 individuals under sanctions.

We're not letting up

As Yulia Navalny flew to meet her daughter. They also had a chance to speak with President Biden who assured them of his view on Alexei's death

As Biden made a brief speech to the media after meeting Navaly's relatives, he assured that his wife Yulia will still be fighting, and the U.S. will not surrender in a fight either

"My dear girl. I came here to hug and support you, but you're sitting here supporting me instead. You're so strong, brave, and resilient. We will definitely handle everything, my dear. It's so good to have you by my side. Love you." Yulia Navalnaya wrote on her X profile, posting a picture with her and Alexei's daughter

Sources: BBC; Reuters; CNN

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