Donald Trump has suggested that sanctions on Russia may be lifted if the country works with the U.S on fighting terrorism and other objectives.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal he said that for the time being the sanctions would remain in place.
In an interview, he said, “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
He also added that he wouldn’t commit to a “one China” policy until Beijing until he saw some signs of cooperation in currency and trade.
Sanctions were put in place last month by the Obama administration in response to hacking allegations. They also, ejected 35 diplomats. Prior to this Russia has been under sanction for actions in the Ukraine and annexing Crimea. These sanctions, however, will expire in January.
Russia has denied fanning the flames by showing its troops and weapons in areas which are under control of the rebels.
An inquiry into alleged Russian hacking during the U.S election has been opened by the Senate’s intelligence committee with senior people in Donald Trump’s team to be questioned over possible Russian links.
Trump has established that he is prepared to meet Vladimir Putin, the Russian president after he is inaugurated next week. He said, “I understand that they [the Kremlin] would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me.”
Trump and China
In the interview Trump was asked about China and whether he would honour the “one China” agreement that has underpinned U.S. – Chinese relations for a number of years. He said that everything was under negotiations including one China.
Trump seems to have a dim view of China and their currency practices. He said, “Instead of saying, ‘We’re devaluating our currency,’ they say, ‘Oh, our currency is dropping.’ It’s not dropping. They’re doing it on purpose.
“Our companies can’t compete with them now because our currency is strong and it’s killing us.”
Trump will be inaugurated on the 20th January.