WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The authorities are probing reports that Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page is engaged in private talks with Russian officials, particularly on possible lifting of sanctions against Moscow, Yahoo News reported citing sources familiar with the issue.
The sanctions, imposed by Washington over Russia’s alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, could be lifted, if Trump wins the race for the White House, according to the report.
On September 7, the Republican nominee argued that Putin was a better leader than US President Barack Obama.
Relations between Russia and the West soured in 2014 after the overwhelming majority of the Crimean population voted in a referendum to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia.
The United States, the European Union do not recognize the results of the referendum and imposed several rounds of sanctions on both Russia and Crimea.