The United States will lift sanctions against the Russian Federation only after it abandons the actions that led to the introduction of such restrictive measures. This was stated by US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Estonia, the White House press service reported.
“At this very moment, Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force, undermine the democracies of sovereign nations, and divide the free nations of Europe one against another,” he noted.
“President Trump has called on Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and to cease its support for hostile regimes like North Korea and Iran. And under President Trump, the United States will continue to hold Russia accountable for its actions - and we call on our European allies and friends to do the same. In a sign of our commitment, very soon, President Trump will sign legislation to strengthen and codify the United States’ sanctions against Russia,” Pence said.
The preference of the United States is a constructive relationship with Russia based on cooperation on common interests. Russia, too, has said that they would like to normalize relations with the United States. Regrettably, last week Russia took the drastic step of limiting the United States' diplomatic presence in their nation.
President Trump has made it clear: America is open to a better relationship with Russia. But the President and our Congress are unified in our message: A better relationship and the lifting of sanctions will require Russia to reverse the actions that caused sanctions to be imposed in the first place.
“We hope for better days and better relations with Russia, but as I said earlier today, recent diplomatic actions taken by Moscow will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security, that of our allies, and to freedom-loving nations around the world,” he said.
As it was reported earlier, in response for new US sanctions, Russia decided to reduce the US diplomatic presence in their country to 455 people. The suggestion is that it should be done by September 1st. The number 455 was chosen as there are 455 Russian diplomats in the USA.