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    US Security Adviser, Russian Ambassador Discussed Sanctions Despite Denials

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    US national security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed the issue of anti-Russian sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the United States, before Donald Trump assumed office, media reported, citing current and ex-US officials.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Washington Post wrote late on Thursday that some senior US officials considered communications between Flynn and Kislyak to be inappropriate and called them a signal to the Russian authorities that sanctions might be lifted in the near future.

    At the same time, several officials said that while Flynn held consultations with Kislyak in December, there was no evidence that he had made any promises to take actions to lift the sanctions after Trump's inauguration.

    Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador reportedly started before the US presidential elections, and both of them confirmed that issue, though not specifying whether they discussed sanctions.

    On Wednesday, Flynn denied allegations that he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak, however, the on very next day Flynn's spokesman said the security adviser was not sure that the issue of restrictive measures had never came.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues to examine the communications between the senior officials.

    The relations between Moscow and the West soured after Washington, Brussels and their allies accused Russia of fueling tensions in eastern Ukraine and introduced a series of sanctions against Russia as a punitive measure. Moscow has denied any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and introduced countermeasures.

    The latest round of sanctions was introduced in the end of December as retaliation for Russia's alleged meddling in US presidential elections, a claim that Moscow has also repeatedly denied.


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