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The president-elect may keep the restrictions, which were placed in response to Russia’s alleged election hacking, ‘for a period of time’ unless the administration was helpful in achieving US goals.
He told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday evening that he might do away with them if Russia helps the US battle terrorists or with other goals important to the US.
The sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration last month in response to alleged Russian hacking during the election.
He said in his interview with the paper: ‘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 added that he was ready to have a sit down with the Russian president after the inauguration on January 20.
President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions in retaliation for alleged Russian cyber interference in the U.S. election.
The immediate consequences were 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the country and two Russian compounds closed.
Repercussions came from an executive order, signed by Obama, that outlined economic penalties for individuals and organizations involved in the ‘unacceptable’ tampering with ‘the election processes or institutions’.
On the same day these sanctions were announced, a phone call was made between Donald Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and the Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak.