10 months ago
In the midst of several federal and congressional investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, one man’s name keeps coming up again and again: Sergey Kislyak.
The “atypical” Russian Ambassador to the United States has been called the “least memorable man in the world,” Esquire notes, one so forgettable that everyone from Jeff Sessions to Jared Kushner can’t quite recall their meetings with him. But now that he’s being questioned about who he knows, what he’s said and what he’s done, Kislyak is not only puzzled by complaints about contacts within the Trump campaign. He has also publicly wondered aloud: “Did I commit anything wrong?”
Regardless of pointed fingers and swirling suspicions, Kislyak’s post is coming to an end. And he appears to recognize that the mounting circumstantial evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election will leave U.S. and Russia relations in the same “dark, distrusting state” it was in when he arrived in the U.S, nearly four decades ago.
“I have a feeling sometimes that I’m getting younger, because I lived through all of this in the ’80s,” he said recently. “I would try to sum it up as significant disappointment for me as a person who was supposed to help to build relations.”