Tom Perez: If Trump Undoes Sanctions, His 'Allegiances Are...with Putin'

In a report on May 31, the Post cited several unidentified "people with knowledge" of exchanges between senior USA and Russian diplomats over the issue.

"I think it's quite scandalous that they chose to throw out our kids", said Churkin, who died in February.

The 45-acre property at Pioneer Point near Centreville, Maryland, was purchased by the Soviet Union government in 1972, and the 14-acre property on New York's Long Island was purchased by the Soviet government in 1954.

Two days later, the USA position changed.

The implementation of sanctions began in 2014 in response to Russia annexing the Crimea territory of Ukraine and expanded as Russian active measures to the USA and European Union and its military aggression toward its neighbors continued. The next get-together will take place later this month in St. Petersburg and isn't expected to result in a deal, despite Russian complaints about delays and warnings of consequences if an agreement on the compounds isn't reached quickly.

President Trump is reportedly considering handing back to Russia two compounds in NY and Maryland frequented by Russian diplomats that was shuttered by President Obama in response to reports of Russian hacking in the 2016 election. The Obama administration said the facilities in Centreville, Md., and near New York City in Oyster Bay, N.Y., were "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes".

The compound closures had outraged Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration. Russian Federation had barred the US from continuing work on the consulate in 2014 after the USA imposed sanctions on Russian Federation.

Just as the investigation into Donald Trump's possible collusion with the Russian government heats up, he is reportedly taking the shockingly brazen step of beginning to dismantle sanctions against Russia.

The FBI, as well as the intelligence committees of both houses of the US Congress, are presently investigating whether Trump's associates were in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 US presidential elections.

It's the latest evidence that President Trump moved to turn his favorable campaign rhetoric about Russian Federation into concrete action when he took power.

In a statement about the sanctions, Obama described them as "a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm USA interests" and warned that "such activities have consequences".

It is reminded that in January, newly the President-elect Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal in January that he meant to maintain the sanctions on Russian Federation "at least for a period of time". R.C. Hammond, an adviser to Tillerson, told reporters "the US and Russian Federation have reached no agreements". A senior US official who works on foreign policy told NBC News that if the report is true, it could be merely a gesture of goodwill - though he thinks it's a "really bad idea". "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at a meeting in Washington that the United States had dropped any linkage between the compounds and the consulate", the Washington Post wrote citing "several people with knowledge of the exchanges".

  • Zachary Reyes