The theory that Trump is in the thrall of Putin took another blow today, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the EU’s Federhica Mogherini agreed to uphold current Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Wall Street Journal:
The Trump administration and European officials agree on the need to keep sanctions in place against Russia until a two-year-old cease-fire agreement for the Ukraine conflict is fully implemented, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said Friday.
The EU’s high representative in charge of foreign policy Federica Mogherini, speaking to reporters after Thursday meetings with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior Trump administration officials, said the U.S. and EU are united in their policy to bring about an end to violence in Eastern Ukraine.
“We agreed on the need to have full implementation of the Minsk agreement and on the fact that sanctions are linked to the full implementation of that agreement,” she said.