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The Kremlin has warned that US' sanctions on Russia over the Navalny row will only worsen the strained ties between the two countries. Meanwhile in the US, President Joe Biden has faced a big blow as his budget director pick, Neera Tanden, withdrew her name from the race on Tuesday.
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According to officials, the United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow was behind the near-fatal nerve agent attack on Navalny last year.
Tanden withdrew her name after majority Republicans refused last week to vote for her citing her personal tweets, attacking members of both parties.
The latest announcements come as President Joe Biden's administration insists on not dropping the measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to avoid the novel coronavirus.