U.S. President Donald Trump said he had never questioned President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about reports on bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. It was reported by Reuters, citing Trump's interview with Axios.
“I have never discussed it with him. That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that is an issue that many people said was fake news," Trump stated.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in his turn, believes that the internal political fight in the United States is why there is an “unscrupulous speculation” of Moscow’s alleged ties with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
As we reported earlier, The New York Times published a report, according to which a Russian military intelligence (GRU) unit had offered bounties for U.S. and allied soldiers in Afghanistan.
U.S. intelligence services put this report in doubt.
“We never heard about it because intelligence never found it to be of that level. The intelligence people... many of them did not believe it happened at all," Trump said.