NEWSWATCH: “Russian officials: We’re not counting on Trump to lift sanctions. #Russia says plans for 2017 based on sanctions” – CNN Money

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“Russia is not banking on Donald Trump scrapping economic sanctions any time soon. First deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said the Russian government’s plans for 2017 are based on the expectations that sanctions are here to stay. ‘Perhaps the market is expecting an improvement in our relationship … [but] in our work, we operate on the basis of continued sanctions,’ Shuvalov said … in Davos. … Trump has indicated that trade restrictions imposed on Russia could be eased in return for a deal on nuclear weapons. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said Moscow would welcome a dialogue. …”

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