After being accused of divulging “secret information,” trump called the meeting with Lavrov “very successful”
American President Donald trump called “very successful” meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov where he charges The Washington Post, told diplomats secret information not intended even for the allies. He stated this during a joint press conference with President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan in the White house, reports TASS.
“We had a very successful meeting with Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia”, – he said and added that the U.S. wants to have more partners in the fight against terrorism.
On Tuesday, may 16, Erdogan visited the White house to discuss relations between the US and Turkey, reports Time. The Turkish President said that this visit could mark the new beginning in these relations, which soured after the US armed the Syrian Kurds.
Speech at a meeting went also about the civil war in Syria, the migration crisis and the fight against “Islamic state”*, which was classified information. Actions trump, as noted by the sources of the newspaper, “threaten cooperation with an ally that has access to the internal structure of the “Islamic state”*.
Previously, trump has commented posts on his Twitter, stating that he had every right to share information with Russia, as information will contribute to the fight against terrorism, including ISIS*, but the explanation continued offline in response to journalists ‘ questions.
Trump has not admitted any violations, sharing with the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with the data that are relevant to the fight against terrorism, said his assistant for national security Herbert McMaster.
“What he discussed was not a violation,” and none felt” that the violations were admitted, said MacMaster. In addition, he pointed out that trump didn’t know about where the data came.
The President is in no way compromised sources and methods of intelligence, said Maccormac, but declined to say what kind of information in question, as it may harm national security.
Meanwhile, the Agency AP, citing a source in intelligence, said that if the newspaper made a trump mistake is confirmed, it could “jeopardize the sources” and lead to the failure of an unnamed European country from providing Washington with intelligence.
The Kremlin said that Sergei Lavrov informed about the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he usually does. Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said: “He (the Minister) always reports on his contacts (with foreign leaders) President” (quoted by TASS).
While Sands did not give details of the conversation. “All we wanted to say about the interview, it was said Lavrov”, – he said.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in response to allegations about the transfer of the trump “secret information” advised “not to read American Newspapers”, to paraphrase the advice of Professor Preobrazhensky from the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov “heart of a Dog”, but the American media, including The Financial Times, The Hill and others, transferred her advice literally, without understanding the allusions. The Financial Times noted that Zakharov commented on the story with a leak in her characteristic “rather strange” manner.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.