Bolton: trump wanted to cancel sanctions against Russia for the incident in Salisbury

The President of the United States Donald trump wanted to cancel sanctions against Russia, introduced in connection with the incident in the British Salisbury, writes the former White house adviser on national security, John Bolton.

This is stated in his book "the Room where it happened: a memoir of the White house," which went on sale Tuesday.

According to him, informed the President explained that these sanctions are likely to be only the first part in a series of such measures as provided by law, if Russia for some time not a promises not to transfer and not to use chemical weapons and will not allow inspectors into their facilities.

"Hours later, trump decided that quiet about this particular decision, but he still believed that we were too hard on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. Trump asked (Secretary of state Mike) Pompeo to call (the Russian foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and to say that "some bureaucrat" published sanctions - a call that may have been, and, perhaps, never taken place," reads the book.

In the English town of Salisbury on March 4, 2018, according to the statements of the British authorities, was poisoned, former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, which triggered a major international scandal. London believes that the poisoning Skrobala substance A234 involved in the Russian government, Moscow categorically denies it. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in may 2018 stated that the case Skripal is crumbling before our eyes due to the lack of any evidence against Russia.

The first sanctions were imposed against Russia in the case Skrobala 27 Aug 2018. Then, the United States banned the supply to Russia of dual-use goods. In addition, immediately after the incident with Kripalani Washington announced the closure of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle and the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats on suspicion of espionage.

A second package of sanctions came into force on 26 August 2019. It includes restrictions on state debt of the Russian Federation and the requirement of Washington to international organizations such as the world Bank and the IMF not to give loans to Moscow. American banks were forbidden to participate in the primary placement of Russian sovereign debt denominated not in rubles, and to lend to the Russian government in rubles. Will be introduced and opogranychny on the export to Russia of a number of materials, goods and equipment.