Published: Sun, January 29, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Trump and Putin Will Talk Saturday and Lifting Sanctions Is 'Under Consideration'

Trump and Putin Will Talk Saturday and Lifting Sanctions Is 'Under Consideration'

He is reaching out to fix the U.S.

"I think it would be great if we got along with Russian Federation because we could fight Isis together, as an example, but I don't know Putin", Mr Trump said, during the second Republican presidential debate.

The Donald was surrounded by his aides including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Vice President Mike Pence, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he spoke to Putin.

Yesterday, in a speech to Republicans in Philadelphia, Mrs May cited Cold War President Ronald Reagan as she said the United States should engage with Russian Federation but warned it should "beware" of Mr Putin. "To lift the sanctions on Russian Federation for any reason other than a change in the behavior that led to those sanctions in the first place would send a risky message to a world already questioning the value of American leadership and the credibility of our commitments after eight years of Obama administration policies".

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations conference on climate change in the French capital of Paris on November 30, 2015. "No guarantees, but if we can, that would be a positive, not a negative. OK?"

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.

Washington's European allies, meanwhile, have expressed concern over whether Trump's first moves with Russian Federation will signal a reduction of the USA commitment to European security.

Trump yesterday hosted his first world leader, British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
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Immediately after Trump's remarks, May stated that the United Kingdom believed "sanctions should be continued" until an worldwide peace deal over Ukraine - agreed in Minsk in 2014 - was properly implemented by Moscow.

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

Attention will also be on Trump's plans to improve US cybersecurity in the week ahead.

But on Friday, the president expressed more tempered expectations.

"I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course", McCain said in a statement. "Now, I don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin", he said. "But it also doesn't matter in that we have to have leaders talking to each other. We will see what happens". "I will be representing the American people very, very strongly, very forcefully". Trump has called that policy "a very tragic mistake" and "a catastrophe".

Editor of US -based Politico Susan Glasser also mentioned that the executive order was said to be ready.

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the conversation is scheduled for Saturday.

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