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Trump Lacks Room to Move on Sanctions on Russia, Economists Say

  • Most economists now say sanctions to stay over next 12 months
  • Optimism over bilateral ties recedes as scandals swirl in U.S.

What a difference three months can make.

Donald Trump dropped enough hints during the campaign and in the run-up to his inauguration as U.S. president to turn most economists into believers in an imminent easing of sanctions imposed against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. But as scandals swirl around Russia’s suspected meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and pressure mounts on Trump and his administration, analysts have been quick to hop off the bandwagon.