Former Russian ambassador Kislyak denies discussing secrets or sanctions with Michael Flynn

Marsha Scott
August 6, 2017

Flynn's firing, after 24 days on the job, followed warnings by acting Attorney General Sally Yates to the new Trump White House team that Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail regarding phone calls he had with Kislyak during the transition period.

Former Russian Ambassador in the United States Sergey Kislyak, who has just finished his mission, said he could see no connection between economic aspect of the newly imposed U.S. sanctions against Russia and the time period needed to issue USA visas to Russian citizens. "There are a few subjects important for Russia-U.S. cooperation, primarily terrorism, and it was one of the subjects we talked about".

"I had instructions not to discuss sanctions", Kislyak said, denying reports that he and Flynn talked about the Obama administration's sanctions for election meddling that included seizing two Russian compounds in the U.S. His spokesman said in February that while Flynn "had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up" with Kislyak.

Mr Flynn was forced out of his job as national security adviser after just 23 days after it was widely reported that he had discussed United States sanctions on Russian Federation with Mr Kislyak, and subsequently lied to Mr Pence about the conversation.

Flynn also has been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Virginia, as well as by separate committees from the Senate and House of Representatives. "There were no secrets, at least on our part".

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Russia's decision came as response to USA expelling 35 Russian diplomats in December 2016, as well as banning access for Russia to two of its diplomatic compounds. "The communication was utterly correct, calm and absolutely transparent".

"Accusations of spying against him (Kislyak) are shameful for America", he said. Questions have been raised about lobbying work he did for Russia and Turkey and a paid appearance he made at an event for Russian broadcaster RT.

"We don't comment on specific conversations", he said.

He also denied that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and denied that the Kremlin supported Trump, saying they were read for any outcome.

He remains a key figure in ongoing investigations into alleged meddling by Moscow in the U.S. election and this is the first time he has spoken publicly to the media since returning to Russian Federation.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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