Back in Rus­sia, en­voy de­nies med­dling

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW — The former Rus­sian am­bas­sador to the United States on Sat­ur­day strongly de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions of med­dling in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Sergey Kislyak, who has just re­turned from Wash­ing­ton, said on Rus­sian state Ros­siya 24 tele­vi­sion that he was merely do­ing his job as a diplo­mat when he met with mem­bers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s team. He said he also had met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign, but didn’t give any names.

Kislyak de­scribed the U.S. ac­cu­sa­tions against him as ab­surd and “shame­ful” for the U.S., ad­ding that the of­fi­cial ac­knowl­edg­ment that his phone con­ver­sa­tions were bugged was “un­healthy.”

“Any diplo­mat, Rus­sian or not, works to bet­ter un­der­stand the pol­icy of a coun­try he’s posted to, fig­ure out what the new ad­min­is­tra­tion’s course is and un­der­stand where co­op­er­a­tion is pos­si­ble,” Kislyak said.

Kislyak’s con­tacts with mem­bers of Trump’s team have been part of con­gres­sional and FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween Trump’s cam­paign team and Rus­sia. Moscow has de­nied any in­ter­fer­ence in the U.S. elec­tion.

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