Media: Flynn spoke about the negotiations with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation
The former assistant to the President for homeland security assured that it was only about 35 expulsion of Russian diplomats.
WASHINGTON, February 15. /Offset. TASS Boris Makarov/. The former assistant to the President for national security Michael Flynn said that “crossing borders” in talks with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, explaining that in fact it was not about sanctions, but about the fact of deportation from the US, 35 Russian diplomats. Such a confession he made in his last before retirement interview with the network edition of the Daily Caller, published on Tuesday.
“It was not about sanctions, but about those 35 people who are deported (from the country),” said Flynn.
And that’s how it turned out. In fact, the conversation went like this: “Yes, I know what happened, we all learn”. But I never said anything like: “We plan to revise the sanctions” or something of Duhamel, Plindex-assistant to the President for national security
However, Flynn said that it is much more worried about leaks of classified information, in particular on the conversations of politicians, to the press.
“In some cases we are talking about things that were made outside of the classified system and then sent to journalists. It is a crime,” — says Flynn.
You call this a leak, but this is now a criminal offence, not just a wink or kilocycle, Plindex-assistant to the President for national security
Trump on Monday accepted the resignation of Flynn, appointed acting assistant for national security retired General Keith Kellogg.
“Unfortunately, because of the rapid course of events I inadvertently gave the elected Vice-President of the United States (Michael Pence) and the other (the White house) incomplete information relating to my telephone conversation with the Russian Ambassador. I bring sincere apologies to the President (Donald Trump) and Vice-President, and they have accepted them,” — said Flynn, in a letter released by the press service of the White house.
The Washington Post last week reported that Flynn was on the phone discussing anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak. According to her, consultations between Flynn and Kislyak at the imposed limits of Moscow took place a month before the inauguration of the trump.
The publication claimed that the White house, some believed, the negotiations of the future assistant to the President and the Russian Ambassador inappropriate and potentially unlawful signal to Moscow that sanctions may be weakened.
December 29, the Obama administration introduced a new anti-Russian sanctions that have affected some of the Russian companies, the Federal security service and the Chief Directorate (GU, former GRU) of the Russian General staff, and senior management GU. In addition, the US authorities declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats and announced the closure of two owned by Russian facilities in the States of new York and Maryland.