Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

The Washington Post's report on Monday claimed that the revelation made by Mr. Trump during his meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at risk.

A combination of file photos showing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, May 17, 2016.

President Donald Trump's alleged disclosure of highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister is unlikely to stop allies who share intelligence with Washington from cooperating, officials said Tuesday.

Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn't understand what the "secret" was since the USA introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago. "It's true, I get the impression, that many US media are working in this vein".

USA intelligence officials have asked NBC News and other media organizations not to report the type of equipment, where it was stolen, and the name of the city where the intelligence was gathered, because doing so could harm US national security, they say.

"It seems to me that any contact with the president of such a country as the United States is important and valuable, but we do not ever comment on the substance of talks", Ushakov said when asked how important for Moscow information voiced by Trump during talks with Lavrov was.

At the press conference, Lavrov also said Russian Federation would like to improve its relations with the European Union (EU). A Washington Post story has accused him of revealing classified information to Russian officials.

The Kremlin has dismissed reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense", but some of America's allies are expressing concerns the USA leader could be an unreliable keeper of secrets. Other outlets, including The Associated Press, later confirmed the report.

President Trump met with Russian officials last week in the midst of skeptics concerning the period at which he fired FBI Director James Comey.

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