The Trump administration is expected to lift sanctions on a Russian arms manufacturer and its chief executive officer as part of an effort to bolster its foreign policy credibility, U.S. officials told The Hill.
A senior administration official told The Washington Post that the lifting of the sanctions would be part of a broader effort to make sure the U.N. Security Council doesn’t go nuclear over Ukraine.
The move comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, and comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday.
The White House has already been criticized by President Donald Trump for not immediately taking action to impose economic sanctions on Russian entities after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014, which has seen a spike in fighting in recent weeks.
Trump has also been accused of trying to use his power to impose new sanctions on U.K. companies, including BP, and British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized the Trump administration for doing so.
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