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'To choke off Russian war machine': US announces 'robust' sanctions package

'To choke off Russian war machine': US announces 'robust' sanctions package Photo: New US sanctions will also target the Russian military (Getty Images)

The package of new large-scale sanctions against the Russian Federation will be aimed, among other things, against the Russian military machine, as well as the regime that persecutes the opposition, says the spokesperson of the US State Department, Matthew Miller.

"We are always looking at additional ways we can choke off the Russian war machine that we can deny the Russian military industrial complex components that it needs to use to fund its war effort as well as hold accountable those involved in it," he noted.

According to the politician, everything will be announced in detail on Friday, February 22. However, he mentioned that "it will be a robust sanctions package" against the Russian Federation.

Miller also emphasized that measures will be taken to ensure the implementation of previous sanctions imposed against the Russian regime.

Sanctions directly related to the death of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny will be introduced separately.

Death of Navalny

On February 16, the Federal Penitentiary Service reported about the death of politician Aleksei Navalny in colony No. 3 in the village of Kharp of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.

According to the report, Navalny started feeling unwell during a walk. After that, he fainted almost immediately, and the doctors, who arrived at the spot, declared his death.

In Russia, they claim that Navalny allegedly suffered a blood clot. Currently, the cause of the politician's death is not officially known.

Read more about Navalny's death in the RBC-Ukraine article 'Murder Putin allowed himself to perpetrate': How Navalny's death will impact Russia.'