Following President Obama’s imposition new sanctions against Russia, Ambassador Kislyak spoke with Mr. Flynn a number of times about the issue. Mr. Flynn then lied the nature of these discussions which resulted in his subsequent firing and investigations by the Department of Justice. Sally Yates concluded that Mr. Flynn was a prime target of Russian blackmail.
The firing of James Comey supposedly caught Russia’s foreign minister off-guard:
When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has “cast a shadow” over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, “Was he fired?” — but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, “You are kidding, you are kidding,” noted NPR.