Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would not tolerate “Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers”.
“As president, I will support our allies and friends and make it clear to our opponents that the days of flirting with dictators are over. Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian awards for the heads of American soldiers,” Biden said in a keynote speech at the congress Democrats.
“I also will not tolerate foreign interference in the most sacred democratic action – voting,” he added.
The New York Times, citing anonymous American intelligence officials, published an article claiming that Russian military intelligence allegedly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan and that US President Donald Trump had been informed of this. No evidence was provided.
The Russian Embassy in the United States demanded from the country’s authorities an adequate response to the threats that come to the diplomats due to news about Russia and Afghanistan. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the media reports a fake. Trump called the article “ordered”. The White House, the Pentagon, and US intelligence have said there is no confirmation of the reports at this time and that Trump has not been informed about them.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication of the New York Times about the “conspiracy” of Russia with the Taliban, said that these statements are a lie. When asked by journalists about whether Trump had somehow discussed this topic with Vladimir Putin during this year, Peskov answered in the negative.