The form the sanctions will take is being tightened and they will likely be deployed in coordination with the European Union, officials said.
The move could be the first cost imposed on Russia by the Biden administration, which condemned the treatment of Navalny and those protesting on his behalf, and would mark a clear departure from the strategy of the Trump administration, which did not impose poisoning sanctions and avoided directly confronting Russia for its misdeeds.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell said on Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken had asked to coordinate actions against Russia in the Navalny case. Blinken addressed the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.
Sullivan also said that “what the previous administration said, quote,” was likely of Russian origin. “We think we can go further than that.”
The Biden administration is not starting from scratch as it develops options for Navalny sanctions. The State Department crafted options last year under the Trump administration, but they were never enforced, a move that has mystified the officials who crafted them, one of the officials said.
The Trump administration’s inaction has put the United States out of step with its European allies over the Navalny poisoning. EU countries implemented Navalny sanctions shortly after his poisoning last year, but the United States did not.
Blinken participated virtually in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) yesterday on Monday and said he “welcomed the EU’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia under the EU’s sanctions regime. human rights in response to measures taken against [Navalny] and his supporters. “
Officials in the Biden administration stress the ongoing reviews of the intelligence services and their need to fully understand the state of play before rolling out their full Russian policy. The intelligence review includes the SolarWinds violation, Russian interference in the 2020 election, Russia’s use of chemical weapons against Navalny, and alleged bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Administration officials have promised the intelligence review will proceed as quickly as possible.
“The office of the director of national intelligence is working very quickly on this review,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said earlier this month. “I wouldn’t expect this review to take longer than necessary.”
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.