A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump can become a new starting point for US-Russian relations, a member of the Russian parliament's upper house, Alexei Pushkov, said Saturday. The 35-page dossier, which also contained graphic descriptions of sexual acts performed in Trump's presence, triggered controversy across political circles, with some pointing at the president-elect's past support for Putin as supporting evidence for these claims. "This meeting could become a new starting point in relations between Russian Federation and the United States, despite skeptic opinions", Pushkov wrote on his Twitter.
US President-elect Donald Trump intends keeping in force for the time being sanctions that were earlier introduced by the administration of the current American leader Barack Obama, according to the Wall Street Journal's report on Friday.
"Our companies can't compete with them now because our currency is strong and it's killing us", Trump said.
"If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a terrible relationship with Russia", Mr Trump said. "First of all it would have been very rude not to accept the phone call".
The "One China" policy refers to the policy or the diplomatic acknowledgement that there is only one state called China, despite the existence of two governments - one in China and second in the island of Taiwan.
Chief Strategist & Communications Director for the Republican National Committee Sean Spicer arrives in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016. In 2015, he was paid to attend an RT gala in Moscow, where he sat next to Putin.
The Trump team's account of Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy changed throughout the day Friday.
Trump has repeatedly accused China of devaluing yuan, a move that Washington says is done to favor Chinese exporters at the expense of their foreign competitors.
Later Friday, a transition official said Flynn and Kislyak had spoken by phone on December 29, following a text message from the ambassador the day before. During the call, the Russian ambassador invited United States officials to a conference on Syria later this month in Kazakhstan.
It's unclear how US officials became aware of the contacts between Flynn and Kislyak, who has served as Russia's envoy to the USA since 2008.