Vladimir Putin added fuel to the political fire in Washington, saying his foreign minister didn't pass on any U.S secrets after a controversial meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week.
According to current and former US officials, President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a white house meeting last week.
The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed was provided by Israel. Hebrew state is one of the United States’ most important allies and runs one of the most active espionage networks in the Middle East.
Israel played down the impact of sensitive israeli intelligence information that President Donald Trump shared with Russians officiels.
President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.
"I spoke to him (Lavrov) today," a smiling Putin told a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
"I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him."
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