The white house said that the article about "collusion" with the Taliban plays into the hands of Russia
The publication in the media of reports that Russia allegedly offered the Afghan Taliban for remuneration to attack American soldiers "plays into the hands" of Russia and serves its interests, said the official representative of the White house Keighley Makineni.
"There are two bad consequences of this article. First – this article will impede the formation of consensus and the test of intelligence. Second such discrepancies and disagreements (in the US) are playing right into the hands of Russia and, unfortunately, serve its interests," said Makineni at the briefing.
According to her, after "leaks" from U.S. intelligence that nobody wants to share with US valuable information and secretly to cooperate, fearing that his identity will be revealed.
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 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".
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 topic with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of this year, Sands said.