Share U.S. Russia U.S. Michael Flynn Vladimir Putin President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn had no bearing on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to delay sanctions on U.S. diplomats, the Kremlin has announced. "It was his [Putin's] decision and it couldn't be taken because of any requests or recommendations," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a press call Monday, CNN reported. This contradicts the story that investigators in the U.S. seem to be putting together, based on Flynn’s account. Last week, Flynn officially pleaded guilty to misleading U.S. law enforcement about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak earlier this year, reports of which cost him his job in February. One of the most suspicious aspects of Flynn’s communication at the time was that he reportedly spoke with Kislyak immediately after then President Barack Obama imposed new restrictions on Russian diplomats, as punishment for the alleged hacking of the U.S. election. Moscow unusually decided against a harsh response, choosing to delay until Obama’s successor-in-waiting, Trump, arrived in the White House. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Read more: “Seriously?” Putin asked when he learned who Mike Flynn was, according to state media Filing court documents that described his contact with Kislyak, Flynn said that “a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team” advised him to what to tell Kislyak about the sanctions. The verdict, according to Flynn, was that they did not want Russia “to escalate the situation.” The Kremlin subsequently introduced the harshest diplomatic sanctions, shrinking the U.S. mission by 755 of staffers, but only after Flynn was fired and U.S. Congress rallied almost unilaterally to deny Trump the right to lift Obama’s sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with businessmen and entrepreneurs at Voronezhsintezkauchuk plant, producing synthetic rubber and latex, in the city of Vorovezh, Russia May 23, 2013. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin/Reuters Though it may appear that these events eroded whatever hope the Kremlin felt with regard to the Trump administration and