Senior Biden administration officials announced Tuesday that the United States has sanctioned senior Russian government officials, as well as Russian entities in response to Moscow's alleged attempt to kill opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a deadly nerve agent.
Seven senior Russian officials will face sanctions, while 14 entities associated with Russia's biological and chemical agent production, including 13 commercial parties and a government research institute were also put on the blacklist.
Also on Tuesday, the EU imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials over the jailing of Navalny.
The bloc has imposed bans on travel and asset freezes on the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Russian prosecutor general, the head of the National Guard, as well as the head of the Federal Prison Service.
The EU added that the four officials were sanctioned “over their roles in the arbitrary arrest, prosecution and sentencing of Alexei Navalny, as well as the repression of peaceful protests in connection with his unlawful treatment.”
Before the U.S. sanctions were announced,.. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would respond in kind to any new U.S. sanctions, calling them "illegitimate" and "unilateral".
" We have numerously expressed our position in regards to illegitimate unilateral sanctions that with or without reason, actually mostly always without reason, are used by colleagues from the United States and those who take an example from them, the European Union.(CUT) Regarding the answer - we will definitely answer."
The Kremlin denies any role in Navalny's poisoning, claiming there's no proof he was even poisoned.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.