14:45 16.01.2017

Trump intends to maintain sanctions against Russia for 'some time'

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will not lift sanctions from Russia for some time, but he is ready to meet with the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin after his inauguration, Trump said in his interview with Wall Street Journal newspaper.

According to the publication, Trump said in an hour's interview that he intends to keep sanctions imposed by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration "at least for some time." However, he said: "If we get along and Russia is helping us, then why to maintain the sanctions, if you can do wonderful things together," he said.

According to the newspaper, the president-elect has suggested that he may lift the sanctions imposed by President Obama in December in response to a Russian cyber attacks during the presidential campaign, if Russia seriously helps in the fight against terrorism and in other purposes, which are important for the U.S.

Trump also announced his intention to meet with President Vladimir Putin after his inauguration into the U.S. president.

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