Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

"At the center of our conversation was the initiative which President Trump voiced at an early stage of his presidency, namely the creation of security zones or zones of de-escalation, in which there will be no fighting, except against the terrorists, who need to be expelled from there", Lavrov told Russia's Channel 1 commenting on his visit to the Oval Office earlier last week.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House where they discussed a wide range of issues with Syria topping the agenda.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

He joked that some US media were acting like communist newspapers in the former Soviet Union and not offering real news.

"There used to be a joke in the Soviet Union that there was no news in the newspaper Pravda and no truth in the newspaper Izvestia", Lavrov said through a translator.

The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Mr. Trump with Lavrov and Kislyak last week.

This comes hot on the heels of reports that Trump shared classified information with Russian Federation about Isis.

Two U.S. officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure.

Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the official said.

The Post quoted a senior USA officials as calling the intelligence "code-word information" - referring to one of the highest classification levels used in the American intelligence community.

At the press conference, Lavrov also said Russian Federation would like to improve its relations with the European Union (EU).

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