March 24, 2017

Trump talks with Putin, foreign leaders in round of phone calls

29 January 2017, 12:50 | Oscar Perry

Trump talks with Putin, foreign leaders in round of phone calls

Trump talks with Putin, foreign leaders in round of phone calls

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who held her first meeting with Mr. Trump, said Britain believes "the sanctions should continue" until we Moscow honors an agreement to cease hostilities and withdraw from Ukraine.

But absent from the official account of the conversation was any explicit mention of lifting sanctions imposed on Russian Federation because of the nation's 2014 intervention in Ukraine, which Mr Trump had previously said he would be open to considering.

"As far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that", Trump told reporters.

Another Republican senator, Rob Portman of OH, also backed the idea of putting the sanctions into law, saying that lifting the punitive measures would send "a unsafe message".

Trump's conversation with Putin, which began about noon Eastern time, comes as the president faces pressure to maintain sanctions against Moscow.

Trump also spoke on Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said she wants Europe to maintain pressure on Russian Federation over Ukraine regardless of what the USA decides to do.

It was reported that when the incident originally happened, the Bush administration had asked Kraft, for the sake of US-Russia relations, to say publicly that he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.

Before former President Barack Obama left office, he imposed new economic sanctions against Russia and expelled 35 Russian diplomats. "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.

McCain also warned Trump against trying to reset relations with Putin, who he said is trying to undermine American national security interests.

The two leaders spoke by phone. Don't lift Russia sanctions Week ahead: Russian sanctions in the spotlight Trump: "Very early" to consider lifting Russian sanctions MORE (Ariz.), who vowed to fight Trump if he lifts Russian sanctions.

During the conversation, Trump "affirmed the the ironclad US commitment to ensuring the security of Japan", according to the White House, in what marks a departure from some of Trump's statements during the presidential campaign.

"We'll see, let's be patient, "Reuters quoted Peskov as saying".

"If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russian Federation".

Reports from the U.S. said Mr Trump might tell Mrs Merkel he was reviewing the sanctions, but this was not confirmed.

Trump has also promised to build up the American military.

Trump is working to build personal relationships with the leaders of traditional US allies.

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