U.S. President Donald Trump is now called on to consider imposing new economic sanctions on Russia if a report on Russia's effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is confirmed, Reuters reports.
The New York Times earlier reported that a Russian military intelligence (GRU) unit had offered bounties for U.S. and allied soldiers.
As of now, according to the White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, the information on the issue has not yet been confirmed.
“The President was never briefed on this, this intelligence still has not been verified, and there is no consensus among the intelligence community,” she stated.
Nevertheless, House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff urges Trump to take action against Moscow.
“We should be considering what sanctions are appropriate to further deter Russia’s malign activities,” Schiff emphasized.
As we reported earlier, on February 29, 2020, the United States signed a peace agreement with the Taliban, which should put an end to the 18-year war in Afghanistan. It provides for the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan.