WASHINGTON (AP) -House Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports retaining sanctions on Russia.
The Wisconsin Republican made the remark as President Donald Trump has been unclear about whether he might lift them. Trump plans a phone conversation Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ryan said Friday in an interview with Politico that he thinks the sanctions that President Barack Obama imposed were overdue. Ryan says, "So I think they should stay."
Obama issued the sanctions because of Russia's military involvement in Ukraine and because American intelligence agencies say Moscow interfered in November's U.S. elections to try to help Trump win.
Trump has spoken about possible improvements in relations with Russia. His nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has questioned the wisdom of sanctions on Russia.