Russian Federation denies controversial ambassador Sergey Kislyak is leaving US

Russia is recalling the Russian Ambassador who has become a central figure in the FBI's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, BuzzFeed reports.

The revelation that Sessions did meet with Kislyak prompted him to recuse himself from any investigation into potential meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 election. A long-running investigation by the Senate and the FBI has seen the president lose his favorite National Security Adviser Mike Flynn over his meetings with Kislyak. The Moscow Times reported back in February that Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antanov had been chosen to eventually replace Kislyak.

Mr. Sessions ultimately agreed to recuse himself from any Justice Department matters concerning Russian Federation on account of those talks, yet notably supported Mr. Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month notwithstanding the latter's role in overseeing an ongoing federal probe focused on the Trump campaign's purported ties to Russian Federation.

Kislyak had several meetings with members of Donald Trump's campaign and met with the president in the Oval Office on May 10 with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

McCaskill penned the tweet shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was found to have met with the ambassador twice during the 2016 election, despite saying otherwise during his confirmation hearing.

Until the secret meetings were exposed, including one when Kushner proposed the creation of a secret communications backchannel with Moscow using facilities of the Russian embassy, the 66-year-old diplomat was hardly involved in any controversy, The New York Daily News noted. Antonov is now the deputy foreign minister and previously served as deputy minister of defense.

The Hill is reporting the US-Russia Business Council is arranging a going-away party for Kislyak at the St. Regis Hotel. The engineering graduate has been involved in Russian foreign policy since the Cold War. Then, he served as Russia's ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and as deputy foreign minister.

Vanessa Coleman

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