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“We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr Navalny in their custody

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser warned Sunday that there will be repercussions for Russia if Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies, amid reports that his health is rapidly deteriorating in prison.

“We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community,” Jake Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He did not specify what action the U.S. and its allies might take in the event of Navalny’s death.

“In terms of the specific measures that we would undertake, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose,” Sullivan said. “And I’m not going to telegraph that publicly at this point, but we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies.”

Navalny was arrested upon returning to Russia in January and has been on a hunger strike for several weeks. Navalny’s doctor warned Saturday that the opposition leader “could die at any moment.”

Navalny blames Moscow for his poisoning by a nerve agent last year, which Russia has denied. The U.S. slapped sanctions on Russia in March over Navalny’s poisoning.

Biden denounced the treatment of Navalny by Russia on Saturday.

“It’s totally, totally unfair,” Biden said, according to a White House pool report. “Totally inappropriate.”

But Sullivan was pressed by host Dana Bash over why Biden isn’t demanding Navalny’s release or granting him medical attention at “every single opportunity,” including in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week or in announcing further sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Sullivan responded that the Biden administration sees diplomatic channels as the best way to advocate on behalf of Navalny.

“We actually have made the judgment that direct communication to the Russian government on this issue — including both how we see it, how our allies and partners see it, and what might unfold … should he pass away — and we have judged that rather than just make general statements publicly, the best way to deal with this issue is privately and through diplomatic channels direct to the uppermost levels of the Russian government,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan declined to discuss whether a potential summit between Biden and Putin could be scrapped in the event of Navalny’s death. Biden proposed a summit “in the coming months” in his call with Putin, according to a White House readout of their conversation.

“There isn’t currently a summit on the books,” Sullivan said. “It’s something we’re talking about and that summit would have to take place, of course, in the right circumstances in a way that could actually move the relationship forward.”

The man who police say carried out a mass shooting that left eight people dead and several others injured at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis is said to have used two assault rifles in the attack, both of which were purchased legally.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives trace revealed that the weapons used by Brandon Hole, 19, in Thursday’s attack were purchased legally in July and September of 2024, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

UPDATE-During Thursday’s incident, the suspect, Brandon Hole, was witnessed using assault rifles in the assault. ATF conducted a trace on the two weapons. IMPD learned that Brandon Hole purchased the rifles legally in July and September of 2024.

— IMPD (@IMPDnews) April 18, 2024
On Saturday, Hole’s family issued an apology to the victims and claimed that the family had attempted to get him “the help he needed.”

“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed,” the family said in a statement provided to The Indianapolis Star. “Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”

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Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office,
said on Friday that the FBI had interviewed Hole in April 2024 after his mother warned that he might commit “suicide by cop.”

Hole was placed in a mental health detention and had his shotgun seized. Agents at the time found no evidence of a crime or a racially motivated ideology, Keenan said.

The victims of the attack have been identified as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karlie Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.

Indianapolis Sikh Community Mourns 4 Of Its Members Killed In Shooting
Indianapolis Sikh Community Mourns 4 Of Its Members Killed In Shooting
Among the dead are four members of the Sikh community in Indiana — home to an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Sikh Americans.

Joined by the Indianapolis mayor, members of the Sikh community and other city residents came together for a vigil Saturday and called for gun reform. Aasees Kaur of the Sikh Coalition was among the speakers.

“Horrific events like Thursday’s shooting call us to action,” Kaur said. “We must support each other not just in grief, but in calling our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful change.”

According to police officials, Hole had been previously employed by the FedEx facility where the attack was carried out. Officials have yet to report a motive.

In a statement on Friday, President Biden called U.S. gun violence “an epidemic” and said that the country “can, and must, do more to act and to save lives.”











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