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Sullivan: There will be consequences if Navalny dies
U.S. National Security advisor Jake SullivanJake SullivanSunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues UN warns sexual violence being used as war weapon in Ethiopia's Tigray region Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' MORE said on Sunday that “there will be consequences” if Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies while imprisoned in Russia.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana BashDana BashArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Biden's first presser wasn't about him — not really Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19 MORE asked Sullivan what action the U.S. would take if Navalny dies, noting that representatives for Navalny have said he is near death.
“Well, first, we joined with the European Union and many other like-minded democracies around the world to impose sanctions for what the Russian government has done to Navalny, for the use of a chemical weapon against him, which is in contravention of international laws,” Sullivan said. “Second, we have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community.”
“In terms of the specific measures that we would undertake we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose. And I'm not going to telegraph that publicly at this point, but we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies,” Sullivan added.
Bash noted that President BidenJoe BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE did not appear to bring up Navalny during his recent call with Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNavalny doctor says he could 'die at any moment' Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions MORE.
Sullivan said the government had made the decision that "the best way to deal with this issue is privately and through diplomatic channels."
On Sunday, Russian physician Yaroslav Ashikhmin said Navalny could "die at any moment" due to kidney failure brought on by his continued hunger strike.
"A patient with this level of potassium should be observed in intensive care, as fatal arrhythmia can develop at any moment. Death by a cardiac arrest. The publication is coordinated with the relatives of Alexey Navalny," Ashikhmin wrote in a Facebook post.Tags Vladimir Putin Jake Sullivan Joe Biden Dana Bash Opposition to Vladimir Putin in Russia Poisoning of Alexei Navalny Alexei Navalny Russia CNNs State of the Union