BBCI: Flynn and Russian Federation envoy Kislyak discussed 'simple things'

BBCI: Flynn and Russian Federation envoy Kislyak discussed 'simple things'

BBCI: Flynn and Russian Federation envoy Kislyak discussed 'simple things'

Russia's former ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, says his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn were transparent and focussed on matters of co-operation.

"The communication was completely correct, calm, absolutely transparent", Kislyak said during a panel discussion on Russian television, Reuters reported. "There are a few topics that are important to US-Russia cooperation".

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 USA sanctions on Russian Federation with Mr Kislyak, and subsequently lied to Mr Pence about the conversation.

Answering the presenter's question about a hypothetical possibility to give testimony at the US Congress about Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election, Kislyak said: "Of course not. There were no secrets, at least on our side".

Mr Flynn was sacked after officials said he misled US Vice-President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed Washington's sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

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.

"Accusations of spying against him (Kislyak) are shameful for America", he said.

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

Mr Kislyak described the United States accusations against him as absurd and "shameful" for the U.S., adding that the official acknowledgement that his phone conversations were bugged was "unhealthy".

When pressed about the talks' contents, Kislyak said: "I didn't come here to testify".

Before returning to Russia in July, Kislyak became one of the central figures the reporting about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.Flynn and other Trump campaign officials are now at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the matter.

The document request was not a formal subpoena, but nevertheless indicates that a criminal investigation, over possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow, is gaining momentum.

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.

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