In the state Duma commented on the article about the "conspiracy" of Russia with the Taliban

Publications like the New York Times article about the "conspiracy" of the Russian Federation with the Taliban, are intended to escalate the degree of anti-Russian propaganda before an important political event, said a member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Elena Panina.

Previously, the newspaper the New York Times, citing anonymous us intelligence officials published an article in which asserted that military intelligence of the Russian Federation allegedly offered a reward associated with the Taliban militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan and that this was reported to the President of the United States Donald Trump. No evidence was provided. The Russian Embassy in the United States demanded from the authorities an adequate response to the threats made to the diplomats because of false news about Russia and Afghanistan. The Russian foreign Ministry called the media reports a fake. Later, similar statements were made by the Washington post.

According to the Deputy Panina, such as stuffing appear before any important date or political event, fading to escalate the degree of anti-Russian propaganda.

In her opinion, it is likely that the closer the election of the President of the United States "such stuffing will appear in a weekly or even daily basis".

The white house called the memo the New York Times inaccurate and claims that anything like intelligence reported no Trump. The trump called it "another bridge", and also stated that no one reported neither he nor the Vice President nor the head of the White house "about the so-called Russian attacks" on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Radical movement "Taliban" has denied allegations that it had allegedly received funds from the military intelligence of the Russian Federation to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.