The United States has condemned Russia's failure to investigate the assassination attempt on opposition leader Navalny

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The United States has condemned Russia's failure to investigate the assassination attempt on opposition leader Navalny and approved further sanctions.

The North American country urged the government of Vladimir Putin to "dismantle" its chemical weapons program and imposed sanctions against 9 Russian citizens and two scientific laboratories for their alleged involvement in the poisoning.

On Friday, the United States urged Russia to "dismantle" its chemical weapons program and condemned that Moscow has not "investigated" the assassination attempt of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent just a year ago. 

In addition, sanctions were imposed on nine Russian citizens and two scientific laboratories that depend on the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In a statement signed jointly with the United Kingdom and the United States, the State Department reaffirmed its condemnation of Navalny's assassination attempt and expressed regret that Moscow had conducted a credible investigation into the use of chemical weapons against the Russian opposition. Not explained

"We urge Russia to fully comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention, including its declaration of a chemical weapons program and its obligations to end it," the note said.

Washington and London have reaffirmed their interest in a stable and promising relationship with Russia based on the implementation of their international commitments.

The United States has imposed sanctions on several Russian officials accused of plotting to assassinate Navalny.

The poisoning and imprisonment of that opposition leader were issues that focused on the meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) in June between the US president, Joe Biden, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Navalny nearly died in August 2020 after being poisoned during a trip to Siberia and has accused Putin of ordering the Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) to kill him. His health has deteriorated since he was admitted to a prison famous for numerous allegations of abuse and torture in March.

The United States has imposed sanctions against nine Russian citizens and two scientific laboratories under the Russian Defense Ministry.

Announcing the decision, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said: "Our actions today are a clear indication that there will be no excuse for the use of chemical weapons, as it is unacceptable and a violation of international standards.

The Navalny poisoning was a scandalous violation of international regulations against the use of chemical weapons and was part of an ongoing campaign to silence dissenting voices in Russia, said the director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. USA, Andrea Gacki, in a statement.

The laboratories sanctioned by Washington are the Crime Institute of the Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly KGB) and the State Institute for Military Experimental Medicine.

Among those sanctioned are Kirill Vasiliev, director of the institute, and Vladimir Bogdanov, head of the agency's particular technology center, and several FSB officials who Washington believes were directly involved in the assassination attempt of the Russian opponent.

As a result, these individuals and entities' assets under US jurisdiction are frozen, and financial transactions with US financial institutions are prohibited.

This is the third round of sanctions applied by Washington against Moscow for the Navalny case.