Washington proposes to close anti-Russian file

 Washington proposes to close anti-Russian file

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that his department is focused on carrying out the sanctions against Russia.

"Let me just say that we are absolutely carrying out the sanctions. And that's something we're very focused on. The president has said that he believes in the intelligence. He's also said that he believes that Putin believes what he said," Mnuchin said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

"But it's really time to move on off this issue. I think the president was focused on very important issues, such as North Korea and Syria, where we have to get along with and have common goals with Russia. And that's what's really important right now," he added.

Mnuchin said based on "confidential information" he's seen, "nobody thinks" Russian interference "has had any impact on the election."

"So whatever occurred, there was no impact. So I think the American public is ready to move on to more important issues: tax reform and foreign policy and national security," he added. 

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he believes U.S. intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Trump also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he says Russia didn't interfere.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies," Trump said. "As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies,"

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