In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had but limited interaction with former US national security adviser Michael Flynn during a December 2015 gala in Moscow. He said that he did not "really talk to him."
“I made my speech,” said the Russian Leader on NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” adding, “ Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left.” Putin told Kelly in the interview, which will air during the premiere on Sunday. “And then afterward I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.’ That's it. I didn't even really talk to him. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn,” Putin said with the aid of a translator.
However, there is a broadly posted photo that was taken at the gala dinner showing Flynn and Putin seated next to each other. The gala celebrating Russia Today (RT), an official Russian television network. Flynn was paid $45,000 by RT to speak at the event. He was placed in the "seat of honor," next to Putin. Also attending the gala dinner as a guest of Putin was two-time Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Putin told Kelly that he has a closer relationship to her than he did with Flynn. "You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn. You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now we're meeting again," he said.
Flynn resigned in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign. Reportedly, Flynn -- a retired Army general -- told the FBI that he will testify about possible ties between Trump's campaign's possible ties to Russia in exchange for immunity.