White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that during the conversation, the question of the fate of Alexei Navalny was raised.
According to her statement, Sullivan and Patrushev discussed some bilateral issues and regional and global issues. They also discussed the prospect of a presidential summit between the United States and Russia and agreed to maintain further contacts.
During a briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the issue of the treatment of Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities was also raised during the conversation.
She recalled President Biden’s recent statements regarding the fate of the Russian opposition leader and stressed that the United States continues to demand his release.
The spokeswoman noted that by demanding the release of Navalny, Washington coordinates its actions with European allies.
Referring to the deteriorating state of Navalny’s health, Psaki reiterated that while he is in prison, the responsibility for his life and health lies with the Russian leadership.
“For now, our job is to continue to (exert) pressure to (release) him and to express again and again our belief that he must be treated humanely,” Psaki said.