Russian ambassador to US Sergei Kislyak ends tenure amid election meddling controversy
The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington
Moscow: The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington.
The Russian embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended yesterday.
Ambassador S.Kislyak has concluded his assignment in Washington, DC
Minister-Counselor D.Gonchar will act as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/180FfyQvXK
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) July 22, 2017
Kislyak's successor has not been announced, although it is widely expected to be Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the United States.
President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after lying about contacts with Kislyak.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescued himself from the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election after reports that he had not disclosed meetings with Kislyak.
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