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Offbeat Moscow regards the Navalny case as a “pretext” for interference: USA should “not play with fire” on the issue of sanctions

12:15  03 march  2021
12:15  03 march  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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  How to rethink Russia sanctions The U.S. sanctions on Russia could benefit from some streamlining, but by and large its principles are clear and sound. The three main U.S. concerns should be to revive coordination with the EU, to greatly improve enforcement and to force Russia out of eastern Ukraine by threatening more sanctions. Right now, the United States should impose personal sanctions in defense of Navalny.Anders Aslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. His latest book is "Russia's Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.

After US sanctions were imposed, Russia threatened to take countermeasures. "We don't intend to accept that," said a spokeswoman.

Im Umgang mit Russland unter der Führung von Wladimir Putin ist US-Präsident Joe Biden deutlich härter als die Vorgängerregierung unter Präsident Donald Trump. © Photo: imago images / ITAR-TASS In dealing with Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden is much tougher than the previous government under President Donald Trump.

After the imposed US sanctions against representatives of the Russian leadership, the Kremlin warned Washington not to "play with fire". The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday evening accusing the US of an "anti-Russian attack".

The US policy lacks "logic and sense" and will "further damage" bilateral relations, the statement said. Washington justifies the sanctions with the action of the Russian leadership against the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny .

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The US sanctions list published on Tuesday includes the head of the Russian domestic secret service FSB, Alexander Bortnikow, and close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was the first time the US had imposed sanctions on Russia since the new President Joe Biden took office.

Biden's government is much tougher in dealing with Moscow than the previous government under President Donald Trump. The EU also announced on Monday sanctions against four members of the Russian government who are involved in the legal prosecution of Navalny and the repression of his supporters.

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"The absurdity triumphs," declared the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Navalny case is only used as a "pretext" to openly interfere in the "internal affairs" of Russia.

The ministry announced that Russia would react "on the basis of the principle of reciprocity". Attempts to impose something on Russia with the help of sanctions or pressure have already come to nothing in the past. (AFP)

Russian opposition leader transferred "to remove him from Moscow" .
Imprisoned in the capital, Alexey Navalny continued to challenge Vladimir Putin's authority. Now he's miles away, and knows "even less about what is happening in the outside world."Attorney Vadim Kobzev called Navalny's transfer — which came without any explanation or clear legal grounds — "a political thing… in order to remove him from Moscow.

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