FILE – In this Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stood in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
UPDATED 10:20 AM PT – Sunday, April 18, 2021
National security adviser Jake Sullivan attempted to claim the Biden administration is taking a hard stance on Russia over the imprisonment and mistreatment of Alexei Navalny.
In an interview on Sunday, Sullivan said Joe Biden has made it clear to Russia that if Navalny dies in prison, they will be held accountable by the international community.
Biden failed to publicly address the issue when speaking about recent sanctions against Russia last week and was seemingly unaware of the opposition leader’s condition when confronted by reporters.
Sullivan refused to name any specific measures the administration would impose should something happen.
Doctors have said Navalny could die at any moment without intervention.