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Even With New U.S. Sanctions, Kremlin Still Betting on Trump

  • Officials view latest move as effort to head off Senate plan
  • Despite hopes, Russia digging in for long period of limits
Views Of Moscow From The Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Even after the U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia last week that sent the ruble into a tailspin, the Kremlin isn’t holding it against Donald Trump.

Instead, top Russian officials are hoping the U.S. president may yet be able to deliver on his promises of improving relations -- or at least head off pressure growing in Congress for even more draconian sanctions, according to officials and others close to the leadership.