The US State Department has issued a warning to Russia that if two senior US officials and another knowledgeable individual pay a reward for the Taliban for successfully killing US troops, it will have consequences.
The warnings were issued by the ministry’s diplomatic channels after public reports in June that the US had gathered intelligence on Russian rewards. One official described the notifications as “serious”. Another said Moscow responded by denying reports that created or funded a reward that killed US troops.
These secret warnings contradict what President Trump said about the intelligence in question. In an interview earlier this week, Trump said he did not believe that in a recent interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the rewards should increase. “It was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, this is a problem that many have said are fake reports,”; Trump said in a recent interview.
New York Times On June 26, he reported that Russia had secretly offered Taliban cash in exchange for killing US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and that intelligence had been included in a presidential packet briefing in February. White House officials keep saying that the reward for the reward has not been “verified.” Officials had previously told The Daily Beast that there had been disagreements in intelligence and national security communities over intelligence and the methods used to obtain it.
Several US officials, including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, publicly questioned these reports. During a congressional hearing on July 9, Esper said the United States had no evidence that there were direct links between Russian generos and Americans killed in the field.
Warnings for Russians underscore the seriousness with which Trump administration officials have responded to remuneration reports. They also raise questions about the extent to which officials understand the validity of remuneration, which differs from that of President Donald Trump.
It is not clear to what extent, if at all, the President has been informed of these warnings. The White House and the National Security Council did not immediately provide a comment to the Daily Beast. The State Ministry did not respond to the record in response to a request for comments. Pompeo recently told Fox News that the US would do it “Respond to any threat, whether the Iranians use the Taliban or Maskns, ”he said. “We’ll make sure they know.”
In an interview with Axios this week, Trump insisted that the intelligence “never reached my desk,” although it was widely stated that the intelligence was included in President Brief’s diary.
During the interview, when Trump was asked about Russia’s long-standing efforts to provide weapons to Taliban forces, the president replied: “Well, we delivered weapons even when they also fought against Russia. The Taliban, in Afghanistan … I’m just saying we did it too. “
US officials are currently meeting with the Russians in Vienna, Austria, in the field of arms control. According to national security officials, this could be a way to cooperate, even though Russia recently launched an anti-target weapon into space. According to talks with three former officials, past efforts to work with Russia have failed, including the exchange of counter-terrorism intelligence, and engaging in space talks could be beneficial for the protection of US interests.
However, several current and former senior officials say they are unsure whether there is any issue on which the US can work with Russia in the light of recent attempts by a Moscow-based group to hack coronavirus vaccine research in the US and a country spreading misinformation about coronary.
At a meeting held last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Deputy Secretary of State Biegun said that years of Russian malignancies “made it impossible to make progress – in any way, form or form.”