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Nikki Haley: Trump’s opponents waste time accusing him in Russia ties
10:20, 2 March 2017
Nikki Haley: Trump’s opponents waste time accusing him in Russia ties

"We have criticized Russia for Crimea and Ukraine... We will call them out when we see something wrong,- US ambassador to UN

10:20, 2 March 2017

Associated Press

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the new administration of President Donald Trump "will not hesitate to call out Russia if we see something wrong". She said this in her interview to Al Jazeera.

Speaking after Trump's first address to a joined session of Congress on Tuesday evening, Haley said the president had changed his tone.

"It was a very different tone. It was presidential. It was meant to tell the world that America is going to lead again," Haley said.

"I think it was time for him to change the tone and he did that tonight. His goal is to unify the country. His goal is to let the world know that we're for peace and security and also we want to make more allies," she added.

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Asked if Russia could be one of those allies or whether Moscow was a foe of the new Trump administration, Haley said: "Russia doesn't have to be one or the other. I think it depends on the day.

"Certainly if we can get Russia to be with us, that's fine. But today we were very upset by Russia not voting for the resolution that criticized Syria for using chemical weapons on their own people,” she said.

"We have criticized Russia for Crimea and Ukraine, for the actions they've taken there. We will call them out when we see something wrong. If we see where we can work together, of course, we're going to try and do that."

Earlier it was reported that White House denied plans of Trump, Putin meeting. Earlier Russian MFA official announced that the diplomats are preparing the meeting of the two presidents.

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