Putin offers Congress record of Trump's meeting with Lavrov
Putin offers Congress record of Trump's meeting with Lavrov
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18 May, 2017, 18:32
Russia President, Vladimir Putin, said that President Trump did not divulge any secrets during a meeting with Russian officials in Washington, Reuters reports.
On a sarcastic note, Putin said he issued Lavrov a reprimand for failing to share the classified information he had received from Trump with him and the Russian intelligence agencies.
According to the report, the partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russian Federation, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.
Shortly after the Russian statements, however, Trump posted tweets saying that "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" were shared during the White House meeting May 10.
The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
Putin's offer could pressure the White House to provide its own transcript of the meeting.
From Moscow, Kim reports that Putin also said that it's up to the American people, not Russian Federation, to assess Trump's performance.
Earlier it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to give the Congress the record of the talks Lavrov and trump, if it agrees with the US administration.
A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later informed reporters that Russian Federation got hold of written transcripts of the talks, rather than an audio recording.
Russian Federation and Italy agreed to further develop cooperation in various promising areas, including in the energy sector, as Russian Federation provides 43 percent of Italy's needs for natural gas, Putin said.
"Prime Minister, it is of a secret nature, I can not tell you about it", Putin said with a smile. "I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump's close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place", he said in an email.
Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Putin's offer "quite amusing". "If they want to send something, you know, hats off. It's credibility would be less than zero".
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The Russian president said he initially found debates about Russia's meddling in US politics "funny", but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".
In his view, such a partnership could provide further benefits by defusing tensions between Russian Federation and the West and eventually leading to the lifting of sanctions the US and the European Union imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine.
"Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are unsafe and corrupt", Putin declared.
That view was reinforced on Wednesday when British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government had confidence in its relationship with the United States and would continue to share intelligence with Britain's most important defence and security ally.
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