Kremlin comments on meeting with Kushner and Russian banker

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday categorically denied that a Russian banker who met last year with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner was acting on its orders.

Peskov told reporters Tuesday that the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, had been in the U.S. and meeting with various U.S. representatives.

“These contacts do not need any approval from the Kremlin and naturally (these meetings) did not happen on the Kremlin’s orders,” Peskov said.

The meeting with Kushner and Gorkov took place last December. Gorkov reportedly talked about his hope that relations between Russia and Washington would improve, but Kushner said there was no mention of sanctions imposed by the outgoing Obama administration.

In a closed-door meeting on Monday, Kushner spoke with Senate staffers investigating the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

After the meeting, the President’s son-in-law stated that all of his actions in the 2016 campaign were proper and he did not collude with Russia; nor does he know of anyone else who did.

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