White House: Will remain tough on Russia until its behaviour changes

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders urges on the sanctions until Moscow changes attitude


Reuters March 15, 2018
White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders. SCREEN GRAB

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's administration will maintain tough policies against Russia until Moscow changes its behaviour, the White House said on Thursday.

"I think you can see from the actions we've taken up until this point we're going to be tough on Russia until they decide to change their behaviour," White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told a regular briefing after being asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin was "playing" Trump.

Earlier in the day, Washington slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for alleged US election meddling and cyber-attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to Putin, prompting US lawmakers in both parties to say Trump needs to do much more.

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