Trump presidency offers Russia hope of sanctions relief

2016-12-05 05:35
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Maxim Shemetov, AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Maxim Shemetov, AFP)

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Washington – Foreign policy experts say Russian President Vladimir Putin probably has self-serving motives in interfering in US politics.

They say Putin likely has his eye on sanctions relief that could help establish Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States.

When reports first emerged this year that the Russian government may have hacked into computers used by the Democratic National Committee, the revelation was quickly painted as the country's unofficial endorsement of Donald Trump.

Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert at the Centre on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, puts it this way: "There's nothing saying that next time they won't hack Republicans and expose Trump administration emails if it benefits them."

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