US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have warned Donald Trump against easing economic sanctions on Russia, ahead of the US resident’s first official communication with President Vladimir Putin of Russia since Trump’s inauguration last week
Trump and Putin are scheduled to talk on phone on Saturday amid speculations that the US president might propose a plan to relax harsh sanctions the Obama administration imposed against Russia, accusing the country of intervening in Ukraine and the 2016 US presidential election.
“I’m against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of 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.
“If there’s any country in the world that doesn’t deserve sanctions relief, it’s Russia.”