Sputnik: Will these sanctions damage US-Russian relations?
Paul Goncharoff: It will damage relations that’s for sure. I’ve never seen such a negative view of America among Russians and they view this as a totally unjustified assault on Russia and anything Russian, they feel confused and betrayed.
The sanctions on individuals are being viewed as undemocratic actions taken by a country that portrays itself as the torch bearer of freedom.
Sputnik: How do you see Trump’s relationship with Russia developing?
Paul Goncharoff: The only heartening thing I’ve heard from Trump is that he stated at one point that he’d like to get along with Putin and with Russia. He stated this in his campaign and he keeps saying it now, but he says one thing and does another.
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