Pompeo has held talks with a representative of the Taliban leadership
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo held a telephone conversation with a member of the Taliban leadership and demanded to respect the commitments on peaceful settlement in Afghanistan on the background of the scandal with accusations of "Russia's collusion with the Taliban," said the statement by state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus.
"Secretary Mike Pompeo was found yesterday on a video conference with the Deputy head and chief negotiator of the Taliban Mullah (Abdul Ghani) by Baradaram. Discussed implementation of the agreement the United States and the Taliban. The Secretary of state has made clear our expectations that the Taliban would respect their obligations, including not to attack Americans", - is spoken in the message Ortagus.
The New York Times, citing anonymous us intelligence officials published an article in which asserted that military intelligence of the Russian Federation has offered a reward associated with the Taliban militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan and that the US President Donald trump reported. 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 the news about Russia and Afghanistan. The Russian foreign Ministry called the media reports a fake. Trump called the article "paid". The white house, the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence said that the confirmation messages at the moment and that the trump they are not informed.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication of the New York Times about the "conspiracy" of Russia with the Taliban, said that these allegations are false. On the question of journalists, discussed if trump somehow this theme with Vladimir Putin in the course of this year, Sands said.