Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov pauses during talks with the Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when they met last week, according to a media report.

He said the USA and Russian Federation must pool efforts in the fight against terrorism and work together to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation.

The Kremlin described as "complete nonsense" on Tuesday media reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had disclosed classified intelligence during a meeting with Russian officials.

Lavrov recalled a joke of Soviet times when there were two main newspapers - Pravda, meaning Truth, and Izvestiya, meaning The News. They are also the names of two long-running newspapers in Russian Federation.

"Lavrov says media have reported that Trump told him that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials", information he says the administration revealed with the laptop ban.

The Post quoted a senior US officials as calling the intelligence "code-word information" - referring to one of the highest classification levels used in the American intelligence community.

Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the USA and Russian Federation, and he hoped the meeting between Mr. Trump and Lavrov would prove "a step towards that".

The Kremlin has dismissed reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense", but some of America's allies are expressing concerns the USA leader could be an unreliable keeper of secrets.

Trump has said it was his "absolute right" to share that information with the Russians, and he was backed up by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who said it was "wholly appropriate" to divulge that to the Russians. Other outlets, including The Associated Press, later confirmed the report.

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