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    Former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak said on Saturday that Washington’s decision to impanel grand jury to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the US election was a "strained procedure."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, media reports said that US Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

    "I think it is such a strained procedure it will remain part of the US political life. They are mired in investigations over fake information, losing their own time on things that are second-rate for the US citizens that live a normal life," Kislyak said during the Press Conference program on Rossiya 24 channel.

    He added that he did not receive an invitation to speak before the grand jury, and anyway he would not do it.

    "I would only testify or address the Russian parliament," Kislyak stated.

    Kislyak has served as the Russian ambassador in the United States for nine years and returned to Russia in July. For a long time, the ambassador has been portrayed in mainstream US media as a tool for spreading Russian influence. Such US media outlets as The New York Times and The Washington Post have repeatedly released information, citing sources, about alleged links between US President Donald Trump and member of his campaign team, and Russian officials, including Kislyak.

    Russia has repeatedly called on the US to stop the "bullying" campaign against Kislyak, adding that he regularily met US officials as it was his duty at the time he was the Russian envoy to the country.

    Russian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election. In turn, the White House has also reiterated that there was no proof substantiating the allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow during the election.


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