16.03.17 09:25

Take it seriously. We cannot trust Russia, - US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley

In her first interview as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said that the threat of Russia shouldn't be taken lightly.

Censor.NET reports citing NBC News.

"Take it seriously. We cannot trust Russia. We should never trust Russia," she told NBC News' Matt Lauer, taking a harsher stance than President Donald Trump, who has suggested that the United States and Russia might have friendlier relations under his administration.

Her remarks come in response to a question from Lauer hours after the Justice Department charged Russian intelligence officers for a sweeping criminal conspiracy that hacked 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014.

Read more: Washington believes better US-Russia relationship possible after Kremlin fulfils its Minsk commitments and returns Crimea to Ukraine

Haley also defended Trump's orders banning travel from certain majority-Muslim nations, saying his executive actions are not the Muslim ban he proposed during his campaign - and that she vocally opposed as governor of South Carolina.

Enforcement of Trump's revised travel order, issued by the president last week, was set to begin Thursday. But a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the new ban Wednesday evening, after Haley's interview was taped and mere hours before it was to go into effect.

Haley earlier admitted possibility of better relationship between America and Russia after Moscow fully honors its Minsk commitments and returns control over Crimea to Ukraine.

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