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Donald Trump open to lifting Russian sanctions

Comments in interview with Reuters indicate that the doors are not entirely slammed shut between the US and Russia regarding sanctions.

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On Wednesday August 22, the latest sanctions set against Russia by the US go into effect. These sanctions have already exacted a toll on the Ruble sending it into the high sixties against the dollar last week. At the time of this writing the ruble has only slightly improved from the worst level since the announcement, and this round of sanctions is the most painful since the Ruble hit a crippling level of 83 to the dollar in late 2015.

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However, US President Trump indicated once again that the US is open to working with Russia and to making a deal which would ease sanctions in place.

This report, by both RIA Novosti and TASS offer some detail:

President of the United States Donald Trump would be ready to consider the possibility of lifting the US sanctions on Russia if Moscow begins taking joint steps with Washington, including on Syria and Ukraine, he said this on Monday in an interview with Reuters.

Trump said that the question of lifting US sanctions on Russia was not brought up during his recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, however, he stated a condition for its possible withdrawal. “I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn’t consider it without that,” he said.

Trump added that at the meeting the parties talked about Israel, Syria, Ukraine, Crimea, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

The United States began imposing extensive sanctions against Russia in 2014 after the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Restrictions were subsequently expanded and updated many times, they concern both individuals and legal entities. In the following years, Washington found many other reasons for imposing sanctions against Moscow, including alleged interference in the presidential election of 2016, alleged involvement of Russian officials in violation of human rights. So far, there has been no substantive discussion on the removal of restrictions from Russia.

The Reuters interview had more to say about this:

ON HIS RECENT MEETING WITH RUSSIA’S PUTIN

“It was only Fake News that criticized. … We had a very good, I guess, close to two-hour meeting. We had another good meeting with a lot of our representatives there. We talked about Israel, we talked about insecurity for Israel, we talked about Syria, we talked about Ukraine.”

“I mentioned Crimea, sure. I always mention Crimea whenever I mention Ukraine. Putin and I had a very good discussion. It was a very — I think it was a very good discussion for both parties. I mentioned the gas pipeline going to Germany.”

ON WHETHER PUTIN ASKED TRUMP TO LIFT U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

“No, he did not. He never brought it up.”

ON WHETHER HE WOULD CONSIDER LIFTING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

“No. I haven’t thought about it. But no, I’m not considering it at all. No. I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn’t consider it without that. In other words, I wouldn’t consider it, even for a moment, unless something was go — we have a lot of things in common. We have a lot of things we can do good for each other. You have Syria. You have Ukraine. You have many other things. I think they would like economic development. And that’s a big thing for them.”

This interview was held the day before the new sanctions were to go into effect. President Trump actually made no direct reference to the new sanctions, but this series of statements brings up an interesting thought.

President Putin has been silent on the matter of sanctions, even though the lower level government officials have spoken out about the injustice that is a fact, given the nature and cause of the sanctions. But an anonymous observer offered the interesting thought that, contrary to appearances, the American president may be trying to project the image of “strength against Russia” that is vital for him to pass through the midterm elections without losing the House.

If he loses the House to the Democrat Party, the new House leadership would almost certainly bring impeachment proceedings against the President. While this, like Russiagate, would be an absolute farce, it would have the effect of severely impairing the President’s agenda. While the House remains in GOP hands, this at least will not happen. The source mentioned that with such a strategy in place, if the midterms went the GOP’s way then Trump would be able to lift the sanctions later.

While this seems to be a very speculative thought, it is interesting that it was suggested only hours before the Reuters interview became publicly known. It would seem possible that this was a very gentle signal of willingness on the part of the American President to continue seeking better relations with Russia.

One thing is certain: a lot of policy is riding on the outcome of the midterms. How they go will shape US policy and foreign policy very strongly. This is truly a critical election approaching – for the US and for the world.

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Translation… “If the Russian’s bend the knee and kiss the ring, sure we’ll remove those sanctions”.
The Russians should tell Trump to go and pound sand..

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Trump is in office but not in power. He will be forced to sanction RF and still the House will start impeachment proceedings. The anti-Russian RACIST pattern has been set for many years to come. Be warned that the idea that RF might be holding back on its counter-sanctions to protect Trump and keep the House under Republican control will be deemed to be “interference” in US elections and “proof” that Trump is a Putin puppet.
I hope RF is ready for the long haul as these sanctions will not be lifted for a very long time.

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Manafort has admitted guilt, Cohen has flipped. Trump now ‘open’ to being further accused inspite of Russian sanctions.

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Typical Trumpian double-speak to keep everyone off balance. You don’t put Russiaphobes like Haley, Bolton, and Pompeo in your administration and you don’t keep on ratcheting up the sanctions if you aren’t playing for leverage when it comes time for negotiations. Sure the door is always open to the removal of sanctions on Russia, Iran, and N. Korea – if they will subject themselves to the neoconservative, neoliberal agenda. I doubt if Trump is fooling the Russians; he certainly isn’t fooling the Iranians or N. Koreans. Is he fooling you?

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Manafort has been found guilty of what malfeasance in Ukraine? Pretty much the same as Browder was up to in Russia. Both were given the blessing of the Democrats back in the day. Now it’s being used as an excuse to go after Trump and Manafort is to be sacrificed for backing the wrong horse in what is laughingly called the worlds most exceptional democracy – and its US presidential elections! Trump’s not in charge and is a joke, unfortunately so is the rest of the echo chamber of resistance. The good cop bad cop art of the deal is… Read more »

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Will he close down the NED, whilst he is about it? How much does the US spend on the NED, regime change programme? How much did RT spend on Twitter adverts, during the 2016 Presidential Elections? Which led to the next round of the sanctions?

US funds organization to sow chaos abroad, but complains about Russian ‘meddling’ – Max Blumenthal… https://www.rt.com/usa/436543-us-organization-government-toppling/

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Sanctions are having devastation effect on Russia’s economy for sure. Putin is now trying to Swap and betray an ally Iran for lifting the sanctions : Read : https://www.rt.com/usa/436437-trump-russia-sanctions-lifting/
https://sputniknews.com/world/201808191067319504-bolton-syria-iran-withdrawal/

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

The US is shooting itself in both feet – not yet realizing the pain. It will.

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Trump isn’t considering lifting sanctions. And even if he were, he wouldn’t be allowed to. Not unless Israel would grant permission to US neocons who run the US Imperial dictatorship.

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Trump will make these statements then the next day departments that are in his executive branch announce more sanctions on Russia. He is part of a good cop/bad cop routine. He, like the rest of US elites are demented.

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Don’t believe a word mutTrump emits!

The USofT needs to DESTROY the competition in order to remain it’s scavenger activities around the Planet.

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The US Senate took away Trump’s ability to lift sanctions against Russia last year. Typical Trump big noting himself, to stupid to realize that the Russians know that he is a lame puppy, powerless and a fraud, he even lied to the US public.

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Let’s see: he’d THINK about ending the sanctions if these things happened: Syria was given to Israel, Crimea given to the US, Russia get out of Syria and stay out, End the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline. Other requests might be for Russia to open their borders to NATO and say ‘yes, massa’, yes, massa’ to all Trump’s other requests. He lives in a dreamworld of his own.

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(..Donald Trump open to lifting Russian sanctions..)

It doesn’t matter what Trump believes because Trump is a puppet of the “Deep State”. He is owned by the “Deep State” neocons!

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