77368
Kremlin Says Flynn Didn’t Sway Putin Decision on Sanctions
International

Kremlin Says Flynn Didn’t Sway Putin Decision on Sanctions

The Kremlin insisted on Monday that conversations between President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and the Russian ambassador to the US didn’t influence Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to sanctions imposed by Trump’s predecessor.
Former adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to Russian officials, AP reported.
Prosecutors say Flynn asked Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak last December to “not escalate the situation” after the outgoing Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia in retaliation for suspected election interference. Just days later, Putin opted not to retaliate. Flynn’s tenure was short-lived. He was forced to resign in February following news reports revealing that the Obama administration officials had informed Trump’s team that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak, a fact at odds with the public assertions of Vice President Mike Pence.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday it was “absurd” to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Putin’s decision and added that “such requests couldn’t have been passed on” to him.
“The president makes his own decisions, guided solely by Russia’s national interests,” Peskov told reporters. “Flynn couldn’t have asked Sergei Ivanovich (Kislyak) about anything, and, what’s more such requests couldn’t have been passed on to the Russian president.” Russian officials have dismissed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Moscow as an anti-Russia witch hunt.
Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Federation Council’s information policy committee, tweeted Monday that “Mueller has nothing on Flynn.”
“Witch-hunters are going away empty-handed,” he said.

 

Short URL : https://goo.gl/etfxtN
  1. https://goo.gl/SrE8rN
  • https://goo.gl/ABVuii
  • https://goo.gl/nYN5Mv
  • https://goo.gl/B5fBaW
  • https://goo.gl/Y8iyBG

You can also read ...

Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of Sunday's...
Ebola Vaccination Campaign in DR Congo
An Ebola vaccination campaign was to begin on Monday in the...
Trump Demands Inquiry Into Campaign “Infiltration”
US President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the...
Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (R) speaks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq on May 19.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia leader whose bloc beat expectations...
Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Reaches Sea, Injures 1
A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus