U.S. President Joe Biden may take any retaliatory measures against Russia over the arrest of Alexei Navalny.
According to her, the American leader, as always, has the right to respond to what happened to the oppositionist in “the time and manner of his choosing.” “And I will not rule out any options in this case,” the White House spokeswoman stressed.
Psaki recalled that Biden has directed the intelligence community and others to investigate a number of recent events attributed to Russia, such as the hacking attack on U.S. agencies and the poisoning of the opposition leader. “We want that report prepared,” Psaki concluded.
Navalny’s detention at Sheremetyevo airport became known on Sunday, January 17. This happened on the basis of the decision of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow, according to which the opposition activist was wanted for systematic violations of the terms of his probation. On January 18, he was arrested for 30 days.
Before his arrest, he was in Berlin, where he was taken on August 22, 2020. Two days earlier, during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, Navalny had felt unwell and the plane was grounded in Omsk. Foreign experts said he had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. Russian medics did not find any traces of poisons in the patient’s body.