GOP Senators Warn Trump Against Lifting Sanctions on Russian Federation
00:50, Jan 29, 2017
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The Kremlin has previously said it has no information for now about when the two men might have their first meeting.
There was no mention by the Kremlin of whether easing Western sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over the Ukraine crisis had been discussed.
Trump was reluctant to accept the intelligence assessments, but during a press conference earlier this month he acknowledged for the first time, "As far as hacking, I think it's Russian Federation".
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Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, promised to fight for sanctions should Trump embark on such a "reckless course". -Russian relationship, which has been badly strained by the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the conclusion by USA intelligence agencies that Putin ordered systematic hacking of Democratic emails to tip the presidential election in Trump's favor.
Relations between Russian Federation and the West countries have deteriorated in 2014 in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
U.S. -Russia ties, which deteriorated during the preceding Barack Obama administration, may improve during the Trump administration. "These sanctions were imposed due to their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with POLITICO on Friday.
Trump also plans to speak by phone Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday. If Trump's going to end that punishment, Russian Federation should make a "unilateral" concession or concessions of its own.
On Friday, Trump himself brushed off questions about the prospects of lifting the sanctions against Russian Federation. The two reaffirmed their nations' long-lasting alliance forged during World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who even briefly took up residency in the White House.
"We've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union", she said.
Asked about British sanctions on Russia, May was more direct, saying sanctions would continue.
The Kremlin has applauded Mr Trump's promises to mend ties with Moscow, which have plunged to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the United States elections. Saturday's call will cap off a week in which he has begun sweeping foreign policy changes in line with the "America first" approach to global affairs that he promised during the campaign.
"Let me remind you that [Putin] called 18 months ago for the formation of a full-fledged, universal front for fighting terrorism, and this initiative is still on the table", Lavrov said on January 23.
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