Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly dismissed as "political schizophrenia" media reports about US President Donald Trump sharing top secret information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, stressing that Moscow is prepared to provide a recording of the exchange between the two sides.
“If the US administration deems it possible, we are ready to provide the Senate and Congress with the transcript of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump,” Putin said at a press conference on Wednesday following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
He said that it seemed that “political schizophrenia” was developing in the US amid such media claims.
He also joked that Lavrov did not share with him and Russian intelligence officials the secret information Trump had allegedly given him.
“This is very bad, I need to deliver a reprimand to him [Lavrov],” Putin said in jest.
“Political schizophrenia is developing in the United States. I cannot explain differently the accusations against the current president claiming he revealed some secrets to Lavrov,” the Russian president pointed out.
Putin went on to say that "anti-Russian sentiment" in the US is "shaking up the domestic political situation" there, noting that “those who spread it are either stupid or dangerous.”
“At first, when we followed the developing process of the internal political struggle [in the US], it looked ridiculous. Today it is not just sad, it causes concern, because people who generate such nonsense can generate even bigger nonsense [in future],” Putin said.
The Russian leader emphasized that Moscow does not interfere in the internal affairs of the US and does not intend to do so.
American daily newspaper The Washington Post recently reported that Trump gave Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak information about a terror threat involving laptops on airplanes during a meeting at the White House last week. Reuters also ran a similar report, citing two “US officials.”
US National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster later denied the reports, but Trump himself took to Twitter and said he had every right to share information on terrorism and the safety of flights with Russian officials.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has called the allegations about the Trump-Lavrov meeting “absurd.”