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Russian Ambassador Won't Name Trump Officials He's Met: 'List Is So Long'

Russian Ambassador Won't Name Trump Officials He's Met: 'List Is So Long'
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By    |   Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:57 PM

Former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told state-run media Wednesday that he would not disclose any of the Trump campaign officials he has met or talked with because "the list is so long."

"First, I'm never going to do that," Kislyak told Russia-1, a popular state-owned television channel, CNBC reports. "And second, the list is so long that I'm not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes."

Kislyak also described President Donald Trump in the interview as "witty" and said that relations between the U.S. and Moscow were at their lowest since the end of the Cold War.

He also described Tuesday's testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the House Judiciary Committee on his previous contacts with Kislyak during the campaign as giving him a feeling of déjà vu.

They met twice last year: at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and again at Sessions' Senate office on Capitol Hill, where the men reportedly discussed campaign-related issues.

"I will tell you that in not one meeting, not with Sessions, not with anyone else, did we use any kinds of techniques or arguments that I would not be able to speak about publicly," Kislyak said.

"The questions are all the same," he added, referring to the attorney general's hearing. "There's absolutely nothing new.

"But most important, this is no longer about us," Kislyak said. "This is no longer about me.

"This isn't about contacts with us," he continued. "This is a war that's going on between the opponents of the president, the president and everyone surrounding him."

Kislyak also said that the notion that the Kremlin "picked America's president" was "nonsense" and "very sad."

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Former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told state-run media Wednesday that he would not disclose any of the Trump campaign officials he has met or talked with because "the list is so long."
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