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Kremlin says Flynn didn't sway Putin decision on sanctions

AP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin says a conversation between US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and the Russian ambassador to the United States did not influence Russian President Vladimir Putin's response to sanctions imposed by Trump's predecessor.

Former adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to Russian officials.

Prosecutors say Flynn in December asked Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, "not escalate the situation" after the outgoing Obama administration imposed sanctions on in retaliation for suspected interference. Just days later, Putin opted not to retaliate.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today it was "absurd" to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Putin's decision and added that "such requests could not have been passed on" to the president.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 20:10 IST