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Russian banker who met Trump’s son-in-law not acting on our orders, says Kremlin

Jared Kushner was quizzed by Senate investigators on his contacts with Russians as part of an investigation into possible Kremlin meddling in last year’s US presidential election.

world Updated: Jul 25, 2017 17:13 IST
Senior advisor to US President Donal Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House after being interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington on Monday.
Senior advisor to US President Donal Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House after being interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington on Monday.(AFP Photo)

A senior Russian banker who met President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, did not do so on the Kremlin’s orders, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

Kushner, who was quizzed on Monday by Senate investigators on his contacts with Russians as part of an investigation into possible Kremlin meddling in last year’s presidential election, said he had met Sergei Gorkov, the head of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, on December 13.

Russia flatly denies it interfered with the US election.

When asked about Kushner’s meeting on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Gorkov had been in the United States as part of a roadshow meeting various US representatives in the course of his work.

“These contacts do no need any approval from the Kremlin and naturally (these meetings) did not happen on the Kremlin’s orders,” Peskov said.

He said it was “normal practice” for the head of a major Russian bank conducting a roadshow to hold various meetings.