The Kremlin says Flynn did not influence Putin’s decision not to retaliate against US sanctions. UU – tech2.org

The Kremlin says Flynn did not influence Putin’s decision not to retaliate against US sanctions. UU



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Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision not to retaliate against the US After Washington imposed a new round of sanctions last year it was not influenced by Michael Flynn, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin himself made the decision not to strike back at the US. UU And he was not aware of Flynn's communications with Russia asking the Kremlin to stop responding, Reuters reported.

"Of course, Putin made the decision, it was his decision," Peskov said Monday in a conference call with reporters. "It was not possible (the decision) to have been connected with any request or recommendation, the president makes his decisions in an absolutely independent manner."

Flynn, who worked as a senior official of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team before becoming his national security adviser, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia.

A two-page indictment filed last week listed two false statements that Flynn made about his interactions with Russian Ambbadador Sergey Kislyak at the end of December 2016. He said Flynn falsely claimed that he had not asked Kislyak " to refrain from intensifying the situation in response to the sanctions that the United States had imposed on Russia, "and that he did not remember Kislyak telling him that Russia had decided to moderate his response as a result of his request.

Prior to the December 29 call with Kislyak, Flynn called a senior presidential transition team official who was with other team members at Trump's Mar-a-Lago complex in Florida to discuss what to say to the ambbadador. Russian regarding sanctions, according to the statement of offense.

Court documents also say that Flynn falsely claimed that he did not ask Kislyak on December 22 to "delay a vote or defeat" a resolution of the UN Security Council and then falsely denied that Kislyak described Russia's response to application. Before that call, a "very important member" of the transition team told Flynn to contact foreign officials, including those from Russia, to find out where they were and influence the vote, according to the statement of the offense. . The "oldest member" was Jared Kushner, three people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

According to the position of Special Advisor Robert Mueller, Flynn made false statements to the FBI on January 24, two days after he was sworn in as a national security adviser.