Kislyak Is Now Russia's Former Ambassador to US
Amid scandal over meetings with Trump surrogates, envoy's term in DC is over
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2017 8:35 AM CDT
Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, right, arrives at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017, to meet with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington. The Russian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended on Saturday, reports the AP. Kislyak's successor has not been announced, although it is widely expected to be Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the United States.

Kislyak's tenure in America, which began in 2008, was mostly an uneventful one until recently, when President Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after lying about contacts with Kislyak. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election after reports that he had not disclosed meetings with Kislyak. And Kislyak might not be done yet: He's reportedly up for a gig at the United Nations, notes the Hill.

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