The United States has demanded that Russian authorities do everything to keep Alexei Navalny safe
The United States has made it clear that Russia will be held accountable whenever its authorities engage in hostile acts, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday.
Responding to a reporter’s question during a press briefing, Price said the arrest and imprisonment of opposition activist Alexei Navalny was primarily because the politician was engaged in exposing the activities of the “corrupt regime.”
“Of course, we are concerned about reports that Navalny’s health is deteriorating and that he has gone on hunger strike, demanding outside medical care. We call on the authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure his safety and health. We also reiterate our call for his immediate release and for an end to the persecution of his supporters,” said a State Department spokesman.
Price stopped short of specifying what the administration plans to do to confront Russia, saying that “if Moscow continues down that path, as we have made clear, we will hold it accountable.
Price recalled that the issues in question are Russia’s involvement in the SolarWinds hacking attack, meddling in the U.S. election, attempted murder, the arrest and imprisonment of Navalny, and the alleged reward offered by the Russians to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
“We do intend to hold Russia accountable for these actions,” Price said, adding that the U.S. would like to establish a “stable and predictable relationship” with Russia. However, “it is the Russian government and the Kremlin that still brings instability to our relationship,” Ned Price stressed.