The adviser elected President of the USA of Donald trump on national security Michael Flynn and Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak five times and talked on the phone 29 Dec – the day when Barack Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for “interference in the elections.” It is reported Reuters citing three sources familiar with the situation.
According to interlocutors of the Agency, the calls took place in the period after the Russian Embassy was notified of the sanctions and to the point, as the President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced that Russia will not take retaliatory action.
One of the sources said that the Obama administration has informed Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on new sanctions for an hour before the decision was made public.
The official representative of the trump confirmed only one phone conversation held on 29 December between Flynn and Kislyak. Thus, according to him, sanctions are not discussed.
Reuters sources stressed that it did not know who was the initiator of these calls. On the content of these conversations, they also know nothing. One source suggested that Moscow, most likely, wanted to understand what he thinks the team trump on new sanctions.
Meanwhile, state Department spokesman mark Toner said Friday that Washington “sees no problems in contacts between the members of the new administration and foreign officials”.
Reuters also quoted a representative of the Russian Embassy in Washington, Alexei Mosin. “The Embassy does not comment on the contacts, which are carried out on a daily basis with local partners,” he said.
December 29, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions against Russia over its alleged interference in the election of the President of the United States. The new measures referred to the Federal security service, the Main Directorate of the General staff (up to 2010 — the Main intelligence Directorate of the General staff), three companies that “provide material support cyberwaste” special services. In addition, under the sanctions were four officers state GSH: head of the Department Igor Korobov and three of his Deputy, and two hacker Evgeny Bogachev and Alexei Belan. Also the USA was 35 expelled Russian diplomats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to send in response to the American diplomats from Russia. He explained that the Russian side is not “will stoop to the level of “cooking”.