Yesterday The New York Times and Washington Post accused Russian military in a report that it offered bounties to Taliban linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, but Russia denied any such accusations.
The unnamed officials cited by the New York Times said US intelligence agencies had concluded months ago that a unit of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency had sought to destabilise its adversaries by covertly offering bounties for successful attacks on coalition forces.
The times said, President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence finding in March but the White House also denied.
“Neither the president nor the vice-president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Saturday evening.
However, she added, “this does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.”
The Russian embassy in the US accused The Times newspaper for promoting fake news and demand US authority to take effective measure.
We demand the relevant #US authorities take effective measures to ensure the fulfillment of their international obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. @StateDept @FBI @DHSgov ⬇️ https://t.co/Ows7srg3IH
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) June 27, 2020
While the Russia’s foreign ministry also denied these accusations, in a statement cited by the RIA news agency, “This primitive informational dump clearly demonstrates low intellectual abilities of the propagandists at the American intelligence service.”
A spokesman for the Taliban also called the accusations baseless.
“Our target killings and assassinations were ongoing in years before, and we did it on our own resources,” Zabihullah Mujahid told the New York Times.
He further added that Taliban has stopped attacking on American and European forces after they agreed for a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan in February.