Moscow accuses US of wiretapping Russian ambassador

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the American intelligence agency has been wiretapping Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Washington.

“In relation to the scandal that was built up regarding Flynn, who only worked as Trump’s adviser for several weeks, the US intelligence told reporters absolutely officially, but anonymously, that, for example, the communications, as they put it, of our ambassador Kislyak were being routinely wiretapped, including his reports to Moscow on what he is doing in Washington, carrying out his duty,” Lavrov said at a press conference.

Lavrov drew attention to the actions of those who “have demonstrated for a long time that they are trying to monitor developments throughout the world, sometimes using not entirely legitimate means”.

Earlier, the Washington Post reported with reference to White House representatives that the US National Security Advisor to the president Michael Flynn and Kislyak discussed the sanctions on Russia before the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. According to the publication, after the discussion “Kislyak was left with the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time”.

After the publication, on the 14th of February Flynn retired on account of accusations of covert communications with Russia.

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