10:58 GMT05 July 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump says he has been told by the US intelligence that they did not find the recent reports about alleged Russian bounty intelligence credible.

    On Friday, The New York Times published an article where it cited unnamed government sources as saying that Trump had been presented with an intelligence report that claimed that Moscow could have paid bounty to armed Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan to assassinate US soldiers. The outlet said Trump had so far failed to act on the report.

    Earlier on Sunday Trump wrote on Twitter that nobody briefed him or Vice President Mike Pence on the alleged attacks on US troops in Afghanistan, reportedly solicited by Russia, and called New York Times reports on the subject "fake news."

    The Russian Embassy in the United States has refuted the New York Times' allegations and called on the Trump administration to take action after the diplomatic mission received threats in the aftermath of the story being published.

    On Saturday, Taliban* spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid refuted the reports saying that these rumours were set to create obstacles to US pullout from the country. The spokesman stressed that the Taliban's activities were not related to any intelligence body or foreign country.

    *Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other states

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