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Kremlin denies Flynn influenced Russia's response to Obama sanctions

A conversation between US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and the Russian ambassador to the United States did not influence Russian President Vladimir Putin's response to sanctions imposed by Mr Trump's predecessor, the Kremlin has said.

Former adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to Russian officials.

Prosecutors have said Mr Flynn in December asked Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, "not to escalate the situation" after the outgoing Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia in retaliation for suspected election interference.

Just days later, Mr Putin opted not to retaliate.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday it was "absurd" to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Mr Putin's decision and added that "such requests could not have been passed on" to the president.

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