Russia: Is Putin 'laughing' at the US over Moscow controversies?

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Such statements were prompted by the recent dismissal of FBI Chief James Comey and the USA president's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington last week.

In a tweet, Trump said he had an "absolute right" to discuss these matters with Russian Federation, noting that the conversation was held at an "openly scheduled" White House meeting.

Feeding the US image of Russian self-satisfaction, Time Magazine's latest cover shows the White House being swallowed up by the Kremlin's red brick walls and the onion domes of St. Basil's cathedral. But he did not confirm or deny whether the information was classified. "And that's one of the lovely things that happening with Turkey".

The White House scrambled to respond to the report Monday night, issuing several statements before sending H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser who participated in the meeting, out to speak with White House reporters.

The White House is not planning to provide USA media with the list of individuals present in the Oval Office during the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, spokesman Secretary Sean Spicer said in a briefing on Tuesday, APA reports quoting Sputnik. But even the Kremlin can't be blamed for orchestrating the latest Trump controversy.

The information was allegedly disclosed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. The information reportedly came from a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing agreement.

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Trump and his staffers have been repeatedly accused of having ties to Russian Federation, allegations which the White House denies.

"This is not a topic for us. It's complete nonsense, not a subject to be denied or confirmed", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call with reporters.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the report as part of a coordinated effort to put pressure on the Trump administration.

Trump sacked FBI Director James Comey last week, admitting that "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision.

Earlier, a senior German lawmaker expressed concern about the reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russian officials.

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