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    White House Promises ‘Major Sanctions’ on Russia in Response to Alexei Navalny’s Death

    White House Promises ‘Major Sanctions' on Russia in Response to Alexei Navalny's Death

    WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death last week in an Arctic penal colony.

    National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of , “will be a substantial package covering a range of different elements of the Russian defense industrial base, and sources of revenue for the Russian economy that Russia's war machine, that power Russia's aggression and that power Russia's repression.”

    National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. had not determined how Navalny had died, but insisted that the ultimate responsibility lay with Putin.

    “Regardless of the scientific answer, Putin's responsible for it,” he told reporters.

    Russian authorities have said the cause of Navalny's death is still unknown and have refused to release his body for the next two weeks as the preliminary inquest continues, members of his team said.

    The Treasury Department declined to comment on the details of the upcoming sanctions. Brian Nelson, the department's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, is in this week to continue working on Russia sanctions ahead of the invasion's two-year anniversary.

    “The global coalition imposing unprecedented sanctions on Russia's war machine has thrown sand in the gears of the…

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