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Pompeo Discusses Afghanistan With Russia, Floats Summit For UN Anniversary

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov about Afghanistan, following reports that Russian military intelligence unit may be paying bounties to the Taliban for killing American and allied soldiers.
Pompeo Discusses Afghanistan With Russia, Floats Summit For UN Anniversary
Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed convening a summit to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN “in the near future” with the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security council which include China, France, Russia, U.K. and the U.S.
Exact details of the call were not released, other than the brief lines by the U.S. State Department.
President Donald Trump has downplayed the reports and said U.S. agencies have not corroborated the intelligence which has been denied by Russia.
“The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!,” Trump had tweeted in early July.
Officials have not disputed the existence of the reports, but said it was not verified and that is why Trump was not briefed on it.
After being briefed, the House of Representatives has urged the U.S. to impose sanctions against Russia.
Source : Afghan Voce Agency(AVA)
Tuesday 14 July 2020 10:23
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