Blinken called Russia kleptocracy, announcing the preparation of a response to the verdict of Navalny
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The US Secretary of State said that the attempts of the Russian authorities to drown out Navalny’s voice testify to the importance of this voice.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington is consulting with allies to prepare a joint «adequate» response to the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities, whose government he named «kleptocracy».
«First of all, we conduct consultations and work closely with other countries that are very concerned about what happened, and not only with Navalny, but also with others who used their rights.», – Blinken told CNN.
Earlier this month, a Moscow court sent Navalny, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to jail after finding him guilty of violating the rules of a suspended sentence, which Navalny himself and his associates have denied..
«As for Navalny, the fact that the Russian authorities, Putin, consider it necessary to drown out one voice, speaks volumes about how important this voice is and how it represents the millions of Russians who want to be heard, who are tired of corruption and kleptocracy.», – indicated by the secretary of state.
Navalny’s trial took place after he returned from Germany after being treated for poisoning in Russia. Medical experts from Germany and other European countries have established that Navalny was poisoned «Newbie» – deadly Russian chemical agent developed in the years «cold war».
Blinken says it seems clear that they tried to kill Navalny with chemical weapons..
«This violates the Chemical Weapons Convention and other obligations of Russia, – said Blinken. – This violates the clear sanctions announced by Congress. We are considering this issue, we are studying it very carefully, and when we have results, we will take adequate measures.».
Blinken also noted that, from his point of view, the mass protests in Russia in connection with the sentence to Navalny «are expressions of deep discontent … the rampant corruption and kleptocracy that dominates government».
«This confirms that Russians are trying to make their voices heard. And the system in its current form is not very–then it contributes», – he added.
At the same time, the head of American diplomacy rejected Russia’s accusations that the United States and other Western countries are trying to provoke protests..
«The point is in Russia, in the Russian people, its future, – said Blinken. – It’s not about us. I think the Russian government is making the mistake of attributing responsibility for what is happening to external players, be it the United States, European partners, or who–then another. The point is precisely in Russia, in its future and, I hope, in a more democratic system that will come»