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Jake Sullivan. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the Biden administration is preparing another round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Why it matters: The news of a potential new sanctions package comes days after President Biden warned Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva that if Navalny died in prison the consequences for Russia would be "devastating."

The state of play: The Biden administration has already sanctioned Russia twice this past Spring.

  • In March, the administration announced sanctions against 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of Navalny.
  • Then in April, it followed up with even more sweeping economic sanctions in coordination with its allies, and formally accused the country's Foreign Intelligence Service of carrying out the SolarWinds hack.

But, but, but: "Those penalties were not specifically directed at Mr. Putin or the oligarchs who support him," notes the New York Times.

What they're saying: "We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case," said Sullivan.

  • "We've shown all along the way that we are not going to pull our punches, whether it's on solar winds, or election interference, or Navalny when it comes to responding to Russia's harmful activities."
  • Sullivan did not offer details as to the timeline for the new sanctions, but noted they would be rolled out "as soon as we have developed the packages to ensure that we are getting the right targets."

Of note: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the timing of Sullivan's comments was not significant, and that there had been “no change from before the summit to after the summit," according to the Times.

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White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom.

Why it matters: Sullivan's first trip to the region since taking office is expected to include stops in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, sources briefed on the plans tell Axios. All three countries are longtime U.S. partners who have faced some early tensions with Biden.

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Biden heading back to Europe this fall

Marine One passes Windsor Castle as President Biden visited Queen Elizabeth II in June. Photo: Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images

President Biden plans to attend the G20 summit in Rome late next month before heading to the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Biden's European travels come at the time of some political strain. They'll also include his first Group of 20 summit with world leaders as president, with a host of thorny issues ranging from countering China's rise to coordinating a global response to COVID-19.

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Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.