Michael Flynn, national security Advisor Donald trump, in December, privately discussed the anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, despite denials from the new White house administration. About it writes The Washington Post (WP), citing its sources.
Consultations between Flynn and Kislyak, according to the publication, have been for a month before joining trump in the position of President of the United States. Advisor trump tried to persuade Russia “not to overreact” in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the outgoing President Barack Obama. However, he made it clear that after the inauguration of the trump Moscow and Washington will be able to discuss the revision of restrictions.
“From Kislyak left with the impression [from the meetings] that the sanctions will be revised later,” said one of the sources of the newspaper.
In the White house, according to WP, found the Flynn talks Kislyak inappropriate and potentially misleading Moscow misleading with respect to the possible revision of sanctions.
On 8 February, in an interview with The Washington Post, Flynn said that he had not discussed with the Russian Ambassador to anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time the next day, as the newspaper notes, the press Secretary adviser to trump, said that Flynn “did not remember, did you discuss the sanctions, but cannot be sure that this subject never came up.”
The Russian side has not commented on this information.
On January 22 The Wall Street Journal reported that us intelligence conducted an investigation into alleged links between Flynn and Russia. The key issue was his telephone conversations Kislyak held at the end of December. The results of the validation were not documented.
On 14 January it became known that Flynn and Kislyak five times and talked on the phone the day of the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions by the administration of Barack Obama, who was then President of the United States.
December 29, the Obama administration announced sanctions against several Russian citizens and organizations, among which were the FSB and the General Directorate of the General staff of the armed forces (former GRU). In addition, Washington has declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats and ordered them and their families to leave the country within 72 hours. These measures, States associated with hacker attacks on American political institutions, which accused the Russian Federation.
Moscow consistently denies any involvement in cyber aggression. Vladimir Putin refused to answer Washington in the same way to send from Russia American diplomatic representatives.