US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo held a telephone conversation with a member of the Taliban leadership and demanded to comply with obligations under the peace agreement on the settlement in Afghanistan amid a scandal with accusations of “collusion between Russia and the Taliban,” state Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
“Secretary of state Mike Pompeo met yesterday via videoconference with the Taliban’s Deputy Leader and chief negotiator, Mullah (Abdul Ghani) Baradar. The implementation of the agreement between the US and the Taliban was discussed. The Secretary of state has made clear our expectations that the Taliban will honor its obligations, including not attacking Americans,” Ortagus said in a statement.
The New York Times, citing anonymous USER intelligence officials, published an article claiming that Russian military intelligence offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants for attacks on us soldiers in Afghanistan and that US President Donald Trump was informed of this. No evidence was provided.
The Russian Embassy in the United States demanded that the country’s authorities respond adequately to threats that come to diplomats because of news about Russia and Afghanistan. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the media reports fake. Trump called the article “registered.” The White House, the Pentagon, and US intelligence said that there is no confirmation of the reports at the moment and that trump was not informed about them.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the New York Times publication about Russia’s “collusion” with the Taliban, said that these claims are false. When asked by reporters whether Trump somehow discussed this topic with Vladimir Putin during this year, Peskov replied in the negative.