Secretary of State Blinken takes objective at Russia’s treatment of opposition leader Navalny

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Secretary of State Blinken takes aim at Russia's treatment of opposition leader Navalny

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An individual holds a placard reading “One for all, all for one” throughout a rally in assistance of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 23, 2021.

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In his very first press conference because being validated as secretary of State, Antony Blinken revealed “deep concern” over the treatment of Alexei Navalny and the more comprehensive human rights circumstance in Russia.

Last week, Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, flew to Russia from Berlin, where he had actually invested almost half a year recuperating because he was presumably poisoned last summertime. He was apprehended on arrival in Moscow.

“Across the board, as the president has said, we’re reviewing all of these actions that are a deep concern to us whether it is the treatment of Mr. Navalny and particularly the apparent use of a chemical weapon in an attempt to assassinate him,” Blinken stated.

Last year, Navalny was clinically left to Germany from a Russian medical facility after he ended up being ill following reports that something was contributed to his tea. Russian medical professionals dealing with Navalny rejected that the Kremlin critic had actually been poisoned and blamed his comatose state on low blood sugar level levels.

In September, the German federal government stated that the 44-year-old Russian dissident was poisoned by a chemical nerve representative, explaining the toxicology report as supplying “unequivocal evidence.” The nerve representative remained in the household of Novichok, which was established by the Soviet Union.

On the heels of the test results, the White House stated it was worried by the matter and knocked the poisoning.

“The United States is deeply troubled by the results released today,” White House National Security Council representative John Ullyot stated in a declaration at the time. “Alexei Navalny’s poisoning is completely reprehensible. Russia has used the chemical nerve agent Novichok in the past,” he stated, referencing the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his child in the U.K. in 2018.

The Kremlin has actually consistently rejected having a function in the Skirpal and Navalny occurrences.

“And it remains striking to me, how concerned, and maybe even scared, the Russian government seems to be of one man, Mr. Navalny,” Blinken stated Wednesday.

The leading U.S. diplomat likewise kept in mind the Biden administration is examining the hack on SolarWinds, reports of bounties put by Russia on American forces in Afghanistan, and prospective election disturbance.

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