Russian talks with Flynn 'transparent'

BBCI: Flynn and Russia envoy Kislyak discussed 'simple things'

Former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak's contacts with Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn had nothing but the issues crucial for cooperation between the two countries, including the war on terror, Kislyak said in a televised interview with Rossiay'24 channel on Saturday.

But Mr Kislyak described his conversations with Mr Flynn as "totally correct, calm and utterly transparent" and said they did not talk about sanctions. "In any case, there were no secrets on our side", Kislyak said during the discussion.

"There are a few subjects important for Russia-US cooperation, primarily terrorism, and it was one of the subjects we talked about".

"We talked about very basic things", he said. President Trump has said he asked Flynn to resign because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts Russian officials.

Russia's decision came as response to United States expelling 35 Russian diplomats in December 2016, as well as banning access for Russia to two of its diplomatic compounds.

"[Ideology] is not the problem in our relationship", he said.

Kislyak ended his tenure in Washington in July but remains a key figure in ongoing US investigations into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.




Mr Kislyak has been at the centre of numerous controversial meetings involving senior Trump administration officials.

The newspaper cited current and former U.S. officials who said intelligence agencies monitored subsequent conversations between Mr Kislyak and his superiors in Russian Federation about the meetings with Mr Sessions.

Sergei Kislyak, who has just returned from Washington, said Saturday on Russian state TV that he was merely doing his job as a diplomat when he met with members of President Donald Trump's team.

His claims come a day after news reports out of Washington revealed that the office of special prosecutor Robert Mueller had recently requested documents from the White House.

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.

The investigation is ongoing and now includes a number of other members of President Trump's campaign and current administration.

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