Former Russian ambassador blasts Donald Trump over move to relax sanctions

Former Russian ambassador blasts Donald Trump over move to relax sanctions

Sir Andrew Wood has blasted the president's 'surprising conduct'

Friday, February 3, 2017

A former ambassador to Russia has blasted Donald Trump over his move to relax some of the sanctions on the country - and even suggested he may one day be impeached.

Russia has been under sanction ever since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, with the impositions being tightened as allegations of hacking the 2016 presidential election circulated. 

On Thursday, Donald Trump's administration relaxed some elements of the sanctions by allowing the Treasury to authorise conduct of certain transactions between American companies and the Russian security services. 

Sir Andrew Wood, the former British ambassador to Russia and now associate fellow at Chatham House, condemned this move in an interview with James Whale.

He said: "Russia seized Crimea and invaded part of Ukraine. Sanctions should remain. 

“With Trump, it’s [his style of leadership so personalised, it’s difficult to see where its going to go. The quarrel with Australia is a good example.

"His conduct is surprising in a new president but you always have to remember Congress and the Supreme Court is there.

"There are significant guardian forces within the American constitution. There is impeachment if he becomes guilty of high crimes."

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