‘The simplest things’: Ex-Russian Ambassador Kislyak opens up on what he discussed with Flynn

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Sergey Kislyak © Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Now-retired Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak said that the main topic of his conversation with former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was counter-terrorism. The talks were transparent and never touched upon sanctions, he added.

“I do not comment on our daily contacts with our colleagues. Secondly, I had instructions not to discuss sanctions. We never discussed sanctions with anybody. And I assure you, I have honestly followed the instructions,” Kislyak told Rossiya-24.

“Sanctions aren’t our thing,” the retired diplomat said. “We don’t discuss or bargain about sanctions, because we believe they were implemented in an illegal, politically aggressive way to begin with.”

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© Fred Thornhill

‘American exceptionalism is the problem’

While it would be difficult to lift the newly-imposed restrictive measures, Kislyak does not believe the US and Russia are back to the Cold War.

“No, it’s not the Cold War,” he said. “The problem in our relations, as I have tried to say, is in the sense of absolute exceptionalism of the Americans and their purported right to tell everyone else what is good and what is bad.”

The former Russian envoy to Washington blasted the sanctions, which he believes are aimed at impeding normal economic cooperation between Russia and the US.

“The economic sanctions, which we have been lately discussing a lot, were designed so that it will be very difficult to cancel them under the current conditions in America,” Kislyak said.

“The whole mechanism is made so that the US law would not give the opportunity to develop normality in economic relations with our country,” he added.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (L) and ranking member Senator Mark Warner © Kevin Lamarque

‘No secrets on our part’

Commenting on his conversation with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Kislyak said they were openly discussing “the simplest things.”

“We spoke about the simplest things… But the communication was completely specific, quiet, absolutely transparent. There were no secrets, at least on our part,” he stated.

After Flynn’s resignation in February, media outlets speculated over the content and consequences of his phone call with the Russian ambassador, which he had failed to report. Some claimed the main topic of the conversation was economic sanctions against Russia, though Flynn did not confirm it.

Kislyak declined to comment on the resignation, saying it is an American domestic issue.

The US never invited Kislyak to speak in front of a grand jury investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Kislyak called the procedure “far-fetched” and said that the US government has “jumped at a litigation built around false information,” wasting time that could be used on issues that really matter to Americans.

Meeting foreign officials is what diplomats do

While the Trump election campaign team has been repeatedly accused of having links with Russia, Hillary Clinton’s representatives refused to meet with the Russian ambassador.

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Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. © AFP

“I can give you a long list of those from Clinton’s team who I wanted to visit, and they shied away from it. It’s quite a big list,” Kislyak said.

He added that, like any professional diplomat, he used every opportunity to build normal bilateral relations, trying to meet with different people, including those from the Democratic Party.

Near the end of Kislyak’s tenure in the US, he faced allegations of working for Russian intelligence and was even called a “top spy and recruiter of spies” by CNN. The diplomat believes that even implying such things shames the US.

“I believe that all the talks about the fact that I, the ambassador of the Russian Federation, am a spy, are shameful for a country like America,” Kislyak said.

“What has become normal to talk about now – how the Russian ambassador is wiretapped, how bugs were installed into his phone – it is becoming normal for America. It is an unhealthy society,” he said, adding that the FBI finally acknowledged that he was a diplomat, not a spy.

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36 Comments on “‘The simplest things’: Ex-Russian Ambassador Kislyak opens up on what he discussed with Flynn”

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    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      The reality and the real reality , we are ” living” in a translation of the reality .
      A reality built up and indoctrinated of agreements

  2. John Prophet Says:


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    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Will i find you a nice square where you can orate your poems ?

      • John Prophet Says:

        The global mind is my square.

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          Perfect go global and keep a bit lower poetic level on this blog , learn to bring your stuff in ready to chew peaces now you are overwhelming and that is contra productive .

          I really do not like it if i have to help you in this matter .

          You know how to find Gorki park ??

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  5. Another Russian biased article. Oliver Stone comments slamming US foreign policy toward Russia is no surprise when you consider he’s Hollywood filmmaker:

    According to Wiki:

    “In an interview with The Times newspaper on July 25, 2010, Stone claimed that America does not know “the full story” on Iran and complained about Jewish “domination” in parts of the U.S. media and foreign policy, notably his view that Adolf Hitler was misunderstood due to Jewish control of the media. When Stone was asked why so much of an emphasis has been placed on the Holocaust, as opposed to the 20-plus million casualties the Soviet Union, for example, suffered in World War II, he stated that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was an overly powerful Jewish lobby within the U.S. The remarks were heavily criticized by Jewish groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center.”

    He’s perfect for this article.

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Kislyak does not believe the US and Russia are back to the Cold War.

      “No, it’s not the Cold War,” he said. “The problem in our relations, as I have tried to say, is in the sense of absolute exceptionalism of the Americans and their purported right to tell everyone else what is good and what is bad.”

      YOU REALLY NEED NEW GLASSES , there is no shame in that !

      • What I really need is a new boat.

        • Check out these outboard motors, Joop. The top model only costs $90k and produces over 600hp.


          A bit out of my price range, but I’d love to see them in the flesh.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Yep , great stuff , made by Volvo Penta , i love their inboard marine diesel engines have some experience with them .

            Correction , not made but owned by Volvo Penta !

          • Each 627hp unit contains a 6.2 liter V8 Corvette engine. Here’s a vid on a boat equipped with three of these puppys.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            amazing engines, but this boat is so overpowered , it can make the same speed with a lot less !

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Old habits LS ?
            Need for speed ?

          • Power is fun, Joop. I’ve had 3 Corvettes and had one hell of a good time with them all. A boat like this would be thrilling, but you seem to be a bit took practical living off the grid and all.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            O well what can i tell you , after my ac Cobra and split window Corvette and the Aston martin of my friend i had to slow down with some Beamers and Mercedeses , i refuse to participate in the first 2 Paris Dakar fun, could no bring up the money, but speed nah never have bin interested !
            And let me tell you the country roads to travel to count monkey buts are not so nice for my MB compressor so i have to buy me a Jeep .
            The MB is just for long distance shopping trips on the Toll roads .

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          sorry i can not help you with that .

          To ,hasty, i found you this !

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      It is hard to swallow but with Trump it is over, 3 Generals are baby sitting him , swallowed up by the deep state , only allowed to keep the people under-control with lesser important issues !

      Lets make war !

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