Navalny's death underscores Russia's weakness - Blinken

Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State

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# 16 February 2024 18:39 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that if Alexei Navalny's death is confirmed, it "only underscores the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin has built.", APA reports citing BBC.

"First and foremost, if these reports are accurate, our hearts go out to his wife and his family," he says at the Munich security conference, adding that "Russia is responsible" if the death is confirmed.

Asked about Navalny's death this morning on NPR, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the US is trying to confirm exactly what happened.

"It is a terrible tragedy, and given the Russian government's long and sordid history of doing harm to its opponents, it raises real and obvious questions about what happened here," he tells the US broadcaster.

"But I'll withhold further comments on it until we learn more and we are actively seeking confirmation, as I know Mr. Navalny's family is as well. And we'll determine from there what – what comes next."