Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak has become the center of a media firestorm, first over news of his communications with General Michael Flynn, and now his newly-revealed meetings with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Here are the highlights:
- He’s spent his career in foreign relations. Kislyak’s embassy biography reveals that he was born in 1950 and “graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973, as well as from USSR Academy of Foreign Trade in 1977.” Since then, he’s been working for the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, serving in various capacities as a foreign representative for both the former Soviet Republic (USSR) and today’s current government.
- His decades of experience have lent themselves to decades of speculation that Kislyak is a “top spy”… and not just a spy, but a spy recruiter. Moscow denies the rumors. When Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about this matter on CNN, he replied, “Nobody has heard a single statement from US intelligence agencies’ representatives regarding our ambassador. Again, these are some depersonalized assumptions of the media that are constantly trying to blow this situation out of proportion.”
- A Ukranian, Kislyak is not even a heavy hitter in Moscow and is not part of Putin’s inner circle, according to the article’s various sources. However, when it comes to meeting with American politicians and officials, which is part of an ambassador’s regular duties, Kislyak is the man they meet.
- Kislyak and his comrades consider the unfounded accusations from Democrats of Russian “meddling” into the presidential election of 2016 to be “fake news.” Russian media is controlled by its government, however. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called the current skirmish between Democrats and Sessions “a shame.” Zakharova added, “Mainstream media reports on contacts between Kislyak and Sessions are aimed to mislead public opinion in the US and the world.”
Democrats are continuing to conduct what some are calling a Russian “witch hunt” against Trump administration officials. So far, this has resulted in President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn resigning from his post in the Trump administration.
Tuesday night the news broke that Kislyak had visited with Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice in 2016. Sessions tried to quell fears by recusing himself from participating in any probe into “Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.” Many Democrats are now calling for him to resign, altogether.
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