News of Sullivan’s travel plans, released by the U.S. Embassy in Russia, comes after the Biden administration imposed new sanctions on the Russian government and expelled 10 Russian diplomats last week – moves to punish Moscow for its attempted US electoral interference, SolarWinds’ cyberespionage campaign, occupation of Crimea and other malicious actions.
Russia responded to the new sanctions by expelling 10 US diplomats, while the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that eight US officials – including Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas – would not. be allowed to enter Russia.
The rapidly deteriorating health of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who will be admitted to a prison hospital in the middle of the third week of a hunger strike to protest his treatment behind bars, further complicates cases. tensions between the two countries. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned on Sunday that Russia would face “consequences” if Navalny were to die.
Biden recently spoke with Putin in mid-April and suggested that a summit meeting be held “in a third country” in the coming months. The White House has repeatedly stressed its desire for a “stable and predictable” relationship with Moscow as it refocuses US foreign policy from the Middle East to Russia and China.