Pence: Easing Russia Sanctions Depends on Cooperation Against ISIS

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Vice President Mike Pence said the decision on easing Russia sanctions “depends” on cooperation to “hunt down and destroy ISIS.”

Partial transcript as follows:

STEPHANOPOULOS:  Will the sanctions on Russia remain in place as long as Russia is violating the cease-fire in Ukraine?

PENCE: I think that’s a question that will be answered in the months ah and — it just simply all depends.


PENCE: On whether or not we see the kinds of changes in posture by Russia and the opportunity, perhaps, to work on common interests. And the president’s made it clear that the top priority of this administration is to hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source. He’s directed our military commanders and our secretary of state to collaborate and to develop a strategy in the region to bring together the resources and the allies necessary to do that. Russia has a common interest in confronting radical Islamic terrorism and especially ISIS. If we have opportunities to work together, the president is looking for an opportunity to begin that relationship anew. But, make no mistake about it, those decisions will await action and they’ll be very dependent on how the Russians respond in the days ahead.

(h/t Politico)

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