Putin names new ambassador to US after Kislyak's departure

Putin names new ambassador to US after Kislyak's departure
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has chosen a former deputy defense minister to replace Sergey Kislyak as the country's ambassador to the U.S.

Anatoly Antonov will fill the role that was previously held by Kislyak, whose nearly 10-year stint in the position ended in July. 

Antonov served as a deputy defense minister when Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sparking tensions between Moscow and the West. 

The European Union included Antonov on a list of Russian officials who were subject to sanctions after the crisis in Ukraine, according to Reuters. 

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Kislyak's replacement arrives amid the ongoing federal probe into potential coordination between President Trump's campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

Kislyak played a major role in the events leading up to the investigation. 

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was pushed out after he misled Vice President Pence about his talks with Kislyak after the election.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions GOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs MORE recused himself from the Russia probe after he revealed he had spoken with the-then foreign minister during the campaign but failed to disclose the meeting during his confirmation hearings.

White House adviser Jared Kushner also met with Kislyak on a couple of occasions in 2016.