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Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, has been recalled back to Moscow, three people with information on the situation told BuzzFeed News.
Kislyak has been embroiled in the FBI and congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during and after the 2016 presidential election; President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have all failed to reveal meetings they had with Kislyak, and The Washington Post reported that Western spies intercepted Kislyak telling someone that Kushner wanted to open a backchannel with the Kremlin using Russian diplmatic equipment.
It's unclear when Kislyak, a former nuclear physicist, will head back to Russia, but BuzzFeed News found that the U.S.-Russia Business Council is hosting a bon voyage party July 11 at the St. Regis in Washington, D.C. It had been reported that Kislyak was going to run a new counterterrorism office at the Unitd Nations, but a veteran Russian diplomat is taking the spot instead.