Donald Trump advisor on national safety Michael Flynn had been discussing US sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States for a month before Trump took office as president.

Some senior officials have interpreted these contacts as “potentially illegal” signal, as Russia can expect softer stance of new US administration after relations between Obama and Putin strained due to Crimea annexation.

In January, Reuters reported regarding three sources familiar with the matter, that Flynn called the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak up five times on the 29th December, when President Barack Obama imposed sanctions, accusing Moscow of interfering with the presidential elections of the United States.

According to the Washington Post, Flynn refused this information on Wednesday. However, he changed his position on Thursday. The adviser’s press secretary stated that Flynn “made it clear that although he does not remember the discussion of sanctions, it is not certain that this topic has never been touched.”

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