America warns Russia

The US State Department has issued a warning to Russia that if Moscow pays the Taliban a reward for successfully killing US troops, according to two senior US officials and another person aware of the case, retaliation will occur.

Officials said the department issued a warning through diplomatic channels after public news in June that the US had collected intelligence about Russian prizes. An official described the communication as “serious”. Another said that Moscow responded by refuting reports that had prepared a reward program to kill American soldiers.

These cryptic warnings stand in contrast to what President Trump has said about the intelligence in question. In an interview earlier this week, Trump said he did not believe the recent negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin were worth raising the reward. Trump said in a recent interview, “It was a phone call to discuss other things, and clearly it is an issue that many people said was fake news.”


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