Donald Trump inclines to remove the economic sanctions against Russia after 20 January — the day when he will swear in as the 45th president of the USA, The Wall Street Journal said.
President-elect gave an interview for The Wall Street Journal, he informed the journalists on his possible decision to remove the economic sanctions against Russia. The only provision for it is the willingness to co-operates with the US in the international community’s efforts like counterterrorism. Trump added:
“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
Trump also spoke on his plans right after the day of the inauguration, the 45th President is going to meet with senior Russian officials, including the Russian leader Putin.
“I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me,”
Trump open to lifting Russia sanctions after 20 January
US sanctions against Russia: Obama’s view
The United States under Obama administration announced a series of economic sanctions against Russia, among them were an expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, over allegations that it interfered in the US election through cyber attacks.
This week, the outgoing administration imposed sanctions on five close to Putin Russians, while Trump’s senior aide Kellyanne Conway has denounced Obama’s decision to impose harsh economic sanctions against Russia.
Ties between the US and Russia further deteriorated when Moscow in 2015 launched an air offensive against ISIS terrorists in Syria, many of whom were initially trained by the CIA to fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad.