Russia sanctions will not affect Trump-Putin meeting plans: White House

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Preparations for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be affected by sweeping U.S. sanctions imposed on Friday on Russian government officials and businessmen, the White House said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said U.S. officials would continue to work toward a meeting with Putin at some point. “As the president has said, he wants to have a good relationship with Russia but that’s going to depend on some of the actions by the Russians,” she said at a news briefing.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu; Editing by James Dalgleish