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    The United Kingdom will continue sharing intelligence with the United States and considers their bilateral relations very special, it is up to US President Donald Trump to decide with whom to discuss any issues, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, the Washington Post newspaper reported, citing officials, that Trump had revealed in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak highly classified information. Trump responded, saying that he wanted to and had the right to share with Russian officials facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.

    "We have a very special relationship, as you know, with the United States of America … Decisions about what president Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for president Trump. We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States," May told reporters when asked whether she felt more reluctant to share the UK intelligence with the United States following the allegations.

    Following the media reports, National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster stressed earlier that Trump has not revealed any intelligence sources in the conversation at the White House last week. The officials spoke about threats from terrorist organizations, including threats to aviation.

    Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell in a statement refuted the media claims and called the story "false." Later, Trump himself took to Twitter and said that he had every right to share information on terrorism and the safety of flights with Russian officials.

    Kremlin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov echoed the sentiment, calling the allegations that Trump shared secret information with Russian officials "absurd."

    On May 10, Trump met with Lavrov and Kislyak at the White House. The two Russian diplomats also held a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and discussed global terrorism, Syria, Ukraine as well as bilateral relations.   

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