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MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service said on Wednesday it would not comment on American media claims about the alleged contacts of US President Donald Trump’s close associates with Russian intelligence.
"We do not comment on unfounded conjectures in the media," the press office of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service told TASS in reply to a request to comment on reports in the US media claiming that the Trump election headquarters personnel had contacts with Russian intelligence services.
The electronic version of The New York Times claimed in its article on Wednesday that members of Trump’s presidential campaign had had contacts with Russian intelligence officials before the US presidential elections in November 2016.
According to four current and former American officials, "phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election," the paper said.
As the article in The New York Times said, the data on phone calls had been gathered by American intelligence agencies.
According to The New York Times, the sources "would not disclose many details, including what was discussed on the calls, the identity of the Russian intelligence officials who participated, and how many of Mr. Trump’s advisers were talking to the Russians."