- Trump says intelligence on Russia’s alleged bounties to Taliban never reached his desk
- No contacts on Afghanistan planned due to delays in prisoner exchange process
- Possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic Afghan drugs needs to be investigated
- Russian-American dialogue on Afghanistan irked some political circles in US
The US Intelligence Service refutes media allegations that Russia offered money to militants in Afghanistan for killing American troops, US President Donald Trump announced on his Twitter account on Monday.
The New York Times published a report earlier in the month stating that an unidentified unit of the Russian military intelligence had secretly incited militants of the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) to attack servicemen of the international coalition in Afghanistan. According to the NY Times report, intelligence findings were submitted to Trump several months ago, TASS reports.
"Intel [the US Intelligence Service] just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or the Vice President," Trump stated. "Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News New York Times Books, wanting to make Republicans look bad."