Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador in the U.S., met with aides of both major candidates in the U.S. presidential election in November 2016. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin, said this in the interview with CNN as quoted by Daily Mail.
Trump's inner circle, including conversations with ex-National Security Director Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence over discussions Flynn had with the Russian ambassador.
'He was talking about bilateral relations. He was talking about what is going on in the United States so we have a better understanding in Moscow,' Peskov continued.
The spokesman characterized there interactions as fairly typical.
'This is what is being performed by every ambassador of Russia abroad, every ambassador of the United States, including in Moscow,' Peskov explained.
'Because the more an ambassador talks to people in his country of residence, the better job he does,' he added.
Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned in February 2017, after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given 'incomplete information' regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before President Trump’s inauguration. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Source: Daily Mail