Trump and May renew 'most special' US-Britain bond

Trump plays down Russia thaw as May says sanctions stay

Trump and May renew 'most special' US-Britain bond

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May met on Friday to renew what the new US leader described as the "most special relationship" between their nations.

Trump reiterated his support for Britain's decision to leave the European Union, declaring: "A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world."

And both leaders said they would work to strengthen US and British commercial ties, with May hoping that a swift trade deal with Washington will mitigate the effects of Brexit.

May added that Trump had accepted an invitation to make a state visit to Britain later this year.

Russia sanctions

President Trump played down speculation that he is about to lift sanctions on Russia, as British Prime Minister Theresa May said they should continue.

Asked by reporters whether he was planning to release Russia from sanctions imposed over its intervention in Ukraine, Trump said: "It's very early to be talking about that."

May, at a joint White House news conference, said Britain believes sanctions should continue until Russia upholds its end of the international Minsk Agreement drawn up to end the conflict.    

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ocak 2017, 21:27
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