2 March 201721:53

Insinuations regarding the official duties of the Russian Ambassador to the United States

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On March 2, CNN posted an article, “Graham, McCain want answers on Sessions-Russia report”, on its website in the “U.S. Politics” section.

A passage about Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak caught our attention. Citing “current and former senior US government officials,” the article claims that “Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia's top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington,” which is an egregious media provocation and a stunning charge to level at a Russian diplomat. The CNN reporters never asked the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department to confirm or refute this information.

Sergey Kislyak has been representing the Russian Federation in the United States since July 26, 2008 with the consent of the competent US authorities. We understand that no complaints against the Ambassador have been made by authorities.

Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, the primary functions of diplomatic missions include not only representative functions, but also “negotiating with the Government of the receiving State; ascertaining by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and reporting thereon to the Government of the sending State; promoting friendly relations between the sending State and the receiving State, and developing their economic, cultural and scientific relations.” Sergey Kislyak's efforts in these areas over the past 10 years have always been highly rated both in Russia and America.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/01/politics/jeff-sessions-russia-reaction/index.html

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