Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov 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. It was reported by Reuters, citing Interfax news agency.
As of now, U.S. intelligence services put in doubt the recent report that revealed ties between Russia and Taliban movement.
“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," U.S. President Donald Trump said.
According to Reuters, there was an internal debate about whether Russia actually paid the Taliban fighters for killing U.S. military in Afghanistan.
As we reported earlier, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expects the sanctions against the Russian Federation to include the country’s intelligence and defense sectors.
“When Congress in a bipartisan way passed sanctions on Russia, the administration told us to take out the sanctions on the GRU - the intelligence, as well as the defense, sectors of Russia. Those should definitely still be there. They were there in a bipartisan way. It is just administration wanted them out. I do not know why. So we should have those in there,” she stated.