Joe Biden’s administration has been doing everything possible since day one to “hold the Russian regime accountable for its hostile actions on all fronts.” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Answering a question from a journalist who mentioned the toughening of the EU’s position towards Russia in connection with the verdict of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and massive human rights violations, Price said that the Biden administration is doing everything possible to hold Russia accountable “in all respects.”
“Of course, in the early days of this administration, we witnessed brutal repression against Russian citizens who took to the streets only to exercise the rights guaranteed to them by the Russian constitution,” a State Department official said.
Ned Price added that the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence are currently “reviewing a range of hostile actions” by Moscow, taking into account “Russia’s egregious actions in the case of (Alexei Navalny) and its wider human rights violations.”
Based on the conclusions reached by the departments, appropriate measures will be taken against Russia “as soon as possible”, Ned Price said.
“I would not like to name a time frame, but I think you clearly saw how we are taking a number of actions, coordinating our actions with allies and partners, which leaves no doubt … in our position,” said a spokesman for the State Department.