Asked about the claims that Mr Trump is considering an order to lift the U.S. sanctions against Russia, Mr Peskov said he has no information about it. Obama and European Union leaders imposed financial penalties targeting banking, energy and defense sectors after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. 'If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russian Federation into law'.
Immediately after Trump's remarks, May stated that the United Kingdom believed "sanctions should be continued" until an worldwide peace deal over Ukraine - agreed in Minsk in 2014 - was properly implemented by Moscow.
The US president has spoken about his desire to establish a positive relationship with Russian Federation, as the two share common enemies in Syria and the so-called Islamic State.
Trump is poised to sign an executive order on Friday to temporarily halt refugees from some Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, a White House official says.
Asked by Brian Kilmeade if Russian Federation would first have to stop "destroying families and towns indiscriminately like they're doing in Syria" before sanctions could be lifted, Conway said Trump's policy is "America first".
The patient has told Russia's Life.ru tabloid that he "respects [Putin and Trump]" and hopes to soon see sanctions against Moscow softened.
Lifting the punitive sanctions against Vladimir Putin's regime is "under consideration," Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News.
This week however, UK Prime Minister Theresa May advised caution when dealing with Russian Federation, ahead of her meeting Friday with Trump.
At the news conference this afternoon in the White House's East Room, Trump seemed to deny that sanctions relief is now on the table.
But Putin's spokesman refused to comment on rumours that Trump might already be gearing up to roll back sanctions against Moscow that have helped drive ties to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.
U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who share an unusual bond as the products of anti-establishment uprisings, will sit down on Friday for what could be a hard search for unity on NATO, Russia and trade. I don't know the gentleman.