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.”
new York Times On June 26, it was reported that Russia had offered the Taliban cash in exchange for the killing of US and coalition troops in Afghanistan, and the intelligence was included in a presidential daily briefing packet in February. White House officials have consistently said that reward intelligence has not been “verified”. Authorities previously told The Daily Beast that there was disagreement among intelligence and national security communities over intelligence and the methods used to collect it.
Several US officials, including Secretary of Defense Mark Osho and General Mark Miley, have publicly disputed the reports. At a July 9 congressional hearing, Arizona stated that the US had no evidence to suggest that there were direct links between the Russian Bounty and the Americans who died in the area.
Warnings to the Russians highlight the seriousness with which Trump administration officials have responded to reports of reward. They also question the extent to which officials’ understanding of the legitimacy of President Donald Trump’s uncountable intelligence.
It is unclear to what extent the President has been briefed on these warnings. The White House and the National Security Council did not immediately provide any comment to The Daily Beast. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment on the record. Pompeo said during a recent Fox News interview that the U.S. “Responding to any threat, whether using the Iranian Taliban or RussiaNs, ”he said. “We’ll make sure they know.”
In his interview with Axios this week, Trump insisted that intelligence “never reached my desk,” although it has been widely reported that Intel was included in the president’s daily briefs.
During that interview, when Trump was asked about years-old efforts by Russia to provide weapons to Taliban forces, the president responded, “Well, we supplied weapons when they were also fighting Russia. Taliban, in Afghanistan … I’m just saying, we did that too.
US representatives are currently in Vienna, Austria’s meeting with Russia on arms control – a region that national security officials say may be a path towards cooperation, although Russia recently launched an anti-satellite into space The weapon was launched. According to interviews with three former officials, previous attempts to cooperate with Russia have failed, including the exchange of counter-terrorism intelligence information, and engaging in space negotiations may be beneficial to protect American interests is.
But many current and former senior officials say they are unsure if there is an issue on which the US can cooperate with Russia, a recent effort by a Moscow-linked group to hack American coronavirus vaccine research and On the coroniers, an attempt can be made to remove the country which is causing disintegration in the country.
At a hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Begun, the State Department’s deputy secretary, said the blatant actions the Russians had been doing for years “made it impossible to progress in any way. Shape or form.”