US President-elect Donald Trump has said his openness to lifting economic sanctions against Russia if they were willing to cooperate on certain issues such as counter terrorism.
Trump said that he will keep sanctions imposed on Russia for “at least for a period of time” because of the alleged Russian hacking and influence on the 2016 presidential election.
The President-elect however did emphasize that there would be no need for the sanctions if Moscow coordinated with Washington on world issues.
“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” the president-elect asked.
“I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me,” when discussing potential meetings with Russian officials.
Trump’s senior aide Kellyanne Conway has denounced Obama’s decision to impose harsh economic sanctions against Russia last month and earlier this week.
She claimed it was a strategy by outgoing President Obama in order to “box in” Trump’s relationship with Russia.