Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

Donald Trump said he wanted to discuss "facts" with Russian Federation, ranging from airline safety to terrorism, during last week's White House meeting.

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.

The current Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, has been a focus of the investigations into ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia during the campaign. As such, he said, there was nothing about the story for the Kremlin to confirm or deny.

The "facts" discussed included terrorism and airline flight safety, according to Trump, who noted that he wants Russian Federation to "greatly step up their fight" against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the official said.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker said the White House is "in a downward spiral".

On Monday evening, National Security Advisor McMaster called a report published earlier in the day by the Washington Post "false".

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"This is not a topic for us". "It's the latest nonsense and we don't want to have anything to do with this nonsense".

"For us it's not an issue", Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said.

"This is internal political disagreements in Washington, the arguments between political groups, political elites", the spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told Russia's Kommersant FM.

President Trump's revelation of classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week has Israel "boiling mad", after other USA officials confirmed that the intelligence originally came from an Israeli spy placed within the ISIS movement.

Senate investigators are now looking into the alleged ties, though Trump's critics are calling for an independent investigation into supposed communications between Moscow and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Trump said he made the decision based on the recommendation of the Justice Department.

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