Asked if he was committed to the sanctions during his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing, Mnuchin said “100 percent so”.
“The president-elect has made it very clear that he would only change those sanctions if he got, quote, a better deal and we would get something in return,” Mnuchin said.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised better relations with Russia and at times praised President Vladimir Putin. He recently said he would consider dropping sanctions in exchange for a move like a nuclear drawdown.
Earlier it was reported that West has turned sanctions in instrument of pressure on Russia. It is important to understand that the main goal for the West is not Putin himself, but the regime that will be formed after his departure.
What is behind the Trump’s proposals on the reduction of nuclear arms in exchange for the lifting of sanctions?
The first and most important thing for us. It turns out the sanctions against Russia administered by the West, are not directly linked to Putin's war against Ukraine, and the United States have turned it in an instrument of pressure on Russia. Outwardly, it looks like neglect of Ukraine in favor of the higher targets of the West - the fight against Putin's aggressive plans for the reconstruction of the world. But, on the other hand, now for the whole world it is clear that the invasion to Ukraine in March 2014 turned out to be not just the Kremlin's revenge to rebellious Ukraine, but the beginning of Putin's destruction of the entire world order.