Nina Khrushcheva: Trump Indicating He’ll Roll Back Russia Sanctions
KHRUSHCHEVA: "First of all, it is very interesting that trump is so noncommittal on this issue because he’s committal on others, so that suggests he would probably try to roll back those sanctions if they are, indeed, imposed. I think the long term is probably more problematic for the Americans than it is for the Russians. Of course, the Russian economy would not like to see more sanctions or sanctions not at all. It hopes Donald Trump will roll back those sanctions anyway. Also Putin is playing a very strong hand here in a sense that if the sanctions are removed, he has an opportunity to say, look, Donald Trump is a great president and it really works to our advantage. If they cannot be rolled back, then he would say, America is always on our case and we have to stand firm and, in fact, we will retaliate in any way possible. So, I think actually diplomacy should be really called in here right now because whichever way you play, actually, Putin will take it as an advantage to his cause, being a very strong president and leader of the Russian people."