On February 3, during her first speech in the UN Security Council, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the audience that Donald Trump’s administration is not going to ease or cancel the anti-Russian sanctions until Russia gives the Crimea back to Ukraine. Later on, a White House representative confirmed this intention.
Previously, the White House was reported to haven’t decided on the anti-Russian sanctions yet. On top of that, Donald Trump and Putting didn’t discuss the sanctions during their first phone conversation not so long ago.
However, a couple of days ago, several internet sources reported that President Trump had eased the sanctions against Russia. This happened after the U.S. Department of the Treasury reported a couple of chances to the sanctions imposed on Russia during Obama’s administration as a response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. They say the changes concerned those American corporations – Cisco, Microsoft and others – who had to contact Russian secret services in order to get permissions to sell their products and services in Russia. The changes were approved on February 2.
However, later on, Donald Trump said that this was a purely formal move and it didn’t signal any easing.
Russia Captured the Crimea Because of Obama's Indecisiveness, Trump Says
Donald Trump keeps on making Russia unpleasantly surprised. If a couple of months ago they used to welcome Trump’s victory and hope to make friends with the USA, now they start thinking that maybe Hillary Clinton could have become a better option for Russia as the U.S. President.
According to the Chair of the Federal Reserve, it would be unwise to keep on delaying interest rate hikes. The other day, Janet Yellen told the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve that they might consider another interest rate hike during the forthcoming FOMC meeting.
The Guardian Questions Relations Between Trump and Putin
According to a number of political observers, including those working for The Guardian, the relation between the USA and Russia has been begging many questions ever since Donald Trump moved to the White House.
New Secretary of the Treasury Says No to Canceling Sanctions against Russia
Even despite the fact that Donald trump unexpectedly become the 45th President of the United States, and he seems to be more loyal to Russia than any U.S. leader over the last couple of decades, Russia has still been failing to find a common language with the USA.
Donald Trump started his presidency with unpopular decisions. Some of his policies are not welcomed by politicians from both parties, not to mention mass media, secret services and millions of U.S. citizens. Maybe Putin was hoping that Trump would start helping Russia implementing its imperial ambitions despite the public discontent in the USA. But those hopes now seem to be broken. The sanctions will stay effective until Russia gives the Crimea back to Ukraine. That’s the standpoint put forward by Trump’s administration.
The dialog between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump is following an unexpected scenario. It’s unexpected for Moscow. The Kremlin seems to have lost their key “trump” card in the talks with Washington.
According to some military experts, even the most unbiased Russian media ignored a sensational statement published by Reuters. To be more specific, Reuters claimed that during the recent phone call to Washington, Putin told Trump that he was ready to discuss the possibility of extending the agreement to cut nuclear arms. The agreement was signed in 2010 in Prague and will expire in 2020.
Trump Wants Big Deal with Russia. What May Come out of It?
It’s seems like Donald Trump doesn’t mind creating some kind of an alliance with Vladimir Putin. Is so, can he succeed or will he become another U.S. president fooled by Putin. This is the question a number of international experts are trying to answer.
For now, the details of the plan are vague. The current ambiguity existing among the representatives of Trump’s administration hints at this fact. Even when the USA's Permanent Representative to the United Nations demanded for the condemnation of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Donald Trump seemed to still have some hope for making friends with Putin. At the same time, he wouldn’t dare say something like ‘the USA is as blood-thirsty as Russia’.
The House of Commons of the British Parliament decided that Prime Minister Theresa May should fulfil the people’s will expressed during the Brexit referendum in summer 2016 and launch the Brexit procedure to quit the European Union. This means that the British government is allowed to start the negotiation with Brussels over the terms and conditions quitting the European Union for good.
Senate Prepares a Draft Law Forbidding to Cancel Anti-Russian Sanctions
Several members of the U.S. Senate led by ben Cardin and Lindsey Gram prepared a draft law designed so as to make the White House provide the Congress with a detailed explanation if at some point in the future the U.S. Presidents decided to cancel the sanctions imposed on Russia. On top of that, 120 days after the explanation is provided, the Congress will decide whether to support this initiative.
Putin's Chances to Improve Relations with Trump Are Close to Zero, Experts Say
Some experts say that Putin has almost zero chances to reach mutual understanding with Trump. First of all, they remind us that over the first 10 days of his presidency, Donald Trump managed to create as much uncertainty around US-Russia relations that as no other president has ever created even within the first 100 days of their presidency.