Managing director of international risk consultancy Thabiti, Dr Nel Marius, says Trump's administration may try to mend relations with Russia now that Obama's tenure is over.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President urged Donald Trump to keep sanctions on Russia following Trump's proposal to consider reducing these penalties if Moscow proved a useful ally.
Marais says Trump will try to bring Russia back in terms of economic policy and European security issues.
However, he doubts whether Trump and Vladimir Putin will be able to work together.
The personalities will clash, the policy issues are far removed from one another and I do not see a substantial improvement in relations even in the medium term.— Dr Nel Marais, MD of Thabiti
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