US Russia sanctions regime extended; Trump suggests it may be lifted

On 16 January 2017, President Obama has extended the US Russia sanctions regime with one year until 18 March 2018. The US Russia sanctions regime was adopted in 2014 to deal with the situation that undermined the democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine and which situations threatened Ukraine’s peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

The full White House statement can be found here.

During the weekend in a number of newspaper interviews US president-elect Donald Trump indicated that he will propose to lift, at least partially, the US Russia sanctions regime in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow. Since 6 November 2016, there has been no discussion on the topic of nuclear arms, when Vladimir Putin signed a bill suspending nuclear cooperation between Russia and the US.

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