Trump said that he had not discussed with Putin the issue of "collusion" between Russia and the Taliban
The US President Donald trump said that he never discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the topic of "remuneration", which was allegedly paid Russia the Afghan Taliban for attacks on American soldiers.
"We haven't discussed it," said trump in response to a question of the journalist of the portal Axios, and discussed whether the two leaders this question during a telephone conversation last week. Trump said it in an interview, a fragment of which was published by the portal.
"I never it had not discussed", - said trump.
According to the American leader, during this telephone conversation the two leaders discussed other issues.
"It was a telephone conversation to discuss other issues and, in fact, this is a topic which many have called fake news," said trump.
The press service of the Kremlin reported earlier that the presidents of the two countries in conversation on 23 July to discuss the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and the need for collective efforts to maintain stability in the region, and expressed commitment to the development of trade-economic cooperation between Russia and the United States.
Trump said in a telephone conversation with Putin that he hoped to avoid an arms race between the US, Russia and China, announced in turn, in a written statement, White house spokesman Judd Deere. The trump called telephone talks with Putin was "very productive."
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". 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.