Support The Moscow Times!

Russia's U.S. Embassy Refuses to Comment on Trump's Alleged Islamic State Leak

Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The Russian Embassy in the United States has refused to comment on allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump illegally shared highly-classified information with top Russian diplomats.

"The embassy will not comment on this," embassy spokesperson Nikolai Lakhonin told Russia's Interfax news agency.

The Washington Post newspaper reported Monday night that Trump had disclosed sensitive information on the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Unnamed White House sources told the news outlet that the information was considered so sensitive that it had not been shared with close U.S. allies or even some U.S. officials.

They said that any leak would "jeopardize the [United States'] most important source of information on IS."

The allegations have already been dismissed by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism,” Tillerson said in a statement.

"During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations," he said.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more