On Monday, the White House announced that Michael Flynn had resigned from the post of US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser and that retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellog had been appointed to take his place.
In his resignation letter, Flynn said that he had not provided the White House with full information about his contacts with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.
POTUS Trump Names Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor-Accepts Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn pic.twitter.com/hrHNuefNe3— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 14 февраля 2017 г.
Flynn's phone communications with Kislyak prior to Trump's inauguration on January 20 have raised questions about whether the adviser broke a law forbidding private US citizens from engaging with foreign nations about diplomatic disputes.
US media reported that Flynn had allegedly discussed the issue of the anti-Russian sanctions with Kislyak before Trump was officially sworn in as US president. The Trump team has repeatedly rejected the allegations.
"The fact that this man proved to be an incompetent and undisciplined person will certainly deal a blow to the authority of the Trump Administration," Batyuk said.
On the other hand, Flynn's resignation will prompt Russia to think twice before trusting Washington and holding confidential talks on sensitive bilateral and international issues, according to Batyuk.
"And, of course, it will have negative consequences for the future of a Russian-American dialogue," he pointed out.
He also did not rule out that Flynn's exit may lead to a situation when the Russian side will be wary of contacts with representatives of the Trump Administration.
"When [Russian Ambassador to the US] Kislyak talked to Flynn, he was absolutely sure that he was communicating with Donald Trump's representative. Now that the truth has been revealed, it has dealt a very severe blow to Moscow's trust toward the new US Administration. Trust is of paramount importance in diplomacy," Batyuk concluded.
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