Trump open to lifting Russian sanctions if "we get along"
President-elect Donald Trump expressed a willingness Friday to lift sanctions on Russia if it assists the U.S. in other efforts such as counterterrorism, Politico reported citing WSJ.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he intended to keep sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration in response to cyber attacks during the election “at least for a period of time.” But the president-elect implied sanctions would not be warranted if Russia helped the U.S. in other ways, according to Politico.
"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 said.
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"I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Barack Obama extended by another year the sanctions imposed on Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.