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    Contacts With Trump Important, But Kremlin Won't Comment on Talks

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    Any contact with US President Donald Trump is valuable and important, but the Russian side never comments on the essence of talks, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told journalists Wednesday.

    SOCHI (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Trump himself decribed the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as "successful."

    "It seems to me that any contact with the president of such a country as the United States is important and valuable, but we do not ever comment on the substance of talks," Ushakov said when asked how important for Moscow information voiced by Trump during talks with Lavrov was.

    The comment came after the Washington Post reported that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak information about a terror threat involving laptops on airplanes. The information reportedly came from a US partner through an intelligence-sharing agreement.

    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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