SOCHI, May 17. /TASS/. The Kremlin attaches great priority to all contacts with the US leadership but not all details of negotiations become available to the media, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said about media debates over the May 10 meeting US President Donald Trump had with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, including speculations the US leader had shared some secret information with Russia’s top diplomat.
"Any contact with the president of a country like the United States is important and valuable," Ushakov said, when asked how precious the information Trump shared with Lavrov was. "We never comment on the content of negotiations."
Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media that Lavrov briefed President Vladimir Putin on his meeting with Trump in the usual way. "He (the foreign minister) always informs the president about his contacts (with foreign leaders)," Peskov said.
The theme of the meeting of one week ago has been raised by The Washington Post this week. The daily said that Trump might have shared with Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador in Washington Sergey Kislyak some absolutely secret information about the terrorist group Islamic State (outlawed in Russia). The New York Times later quoted current and former US officials as saying that the shared classified information had been obtained from Israel.
Peskov dismissed the publications as "utter nonsense" and "no subject for confirmation or denial." Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said such media reports were a continuation of the campaign that had been launched in the United States before the presidential election "for putting political pressures on the new administration in the White House, for bargaining over personnel appointments and for lobbying."
Trump said that in the capacity of the head of state he had the right to share information with Russia. He added that the information in question concerned terrorism and flight safety. In his opinion it would contribute to the struggle against terrorism.