Putin 'Ready to Provide Recording' of Lavrov-Trump Exchange

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. President Donald Trump, but his aide later suggested he had meant a written transcript.

"If the U.S. administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump to the U.S. Congress and Senate," Putin said during a press conference.

He mocked the idea that Trump went off-script to share secrets with the Russians, saying he could issue a "reprimand" to Lavrov since he hasn't passed on the information.

"(Lavrov) didn't share these secrets with us -- neither with me nor with the representatives of the Russian security services. That is very bad of him," Putin said to sniggers from the audience as he answered questions after talks with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the southern Russian city of Sochi. 

Although Putin used the Russian word for audio recording at the press conference, his foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said that "audio is not made."

"There is a recording kept by a special person present at conversations," Ushakov told Russian news agencies. 

Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported that Trump had shared intelligence with Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes.

According to sources cited in the report, that intelligence came from a U.S. ally who had not authorized Washington to pass it on to Moscow.

Putin slammed critics who spread allegations about Trump's ties with Russia.

"What else will the people generating such drivel and nonsense think of next?" he said. "They are shaking up their internal politics while using anti-Russian slogans."

"They either don't understand that they are hurting their own country, and then they are simply dumb, or they understand everything and then they are dangerous and corrupt," Putin added.

Comments 14
Thumb ashtah 17 May 2017, 15:17

so why was the conversation taped?

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 17 May 2017, 16:07

lulz @flamethrower the archivist

Thumb justin 17 May 2017, 16:14

flamethrower, so when your supreme leader in Iran meets with other leaders his conversations are taped?

Thumb s.o.s 17 May 2017, 17:34

Spot on Justin, you beat me to it.

Thumb ex-fpm 17 May 2017, 19:55

of course you are flamethrower:)

Thumb i.report 17 May 2017, 20:19

tak tak tak, qui est là? c'est moi Takiya aka Flame-Moa-thern!

Thumb eagledawn 17 May 2017, 21:31

what are you, the forum's idiot?

Thumb justin 17 May 2017, 16:12

You are not allowed to tape record any president's conversation let alone the president of the United States. You are allowed to take notes but no tape recordings.

Thumb s.o.s 17 May 2017, 19:25

Correct Justin, but phone conversations are taped (watergate). Otherwise what happens physically is only written.

Thumb marcus 17 May 2017, 20:43

stfu you lowlife ignorant scumbag.

Thumb Kompromat 17 May 2017, 16:38

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was doing the recording while Sergei Lavrov was holding up a lit lighter, rock n roll!

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 17 May 2017, 18:38

Lying is not an impeachable offense, lying to congress or under oath are. Also it is the within the president's prerogatives to declassify file. Now, Trump is still in danger of being impeached if the NYT report about telling the FBI director to drop the Michael Flynn investigation is true.

Thumb Maxx 17 May 2017, 19:14

Love him or hate him, you gotta give it to Vladik - he's a master troll.

Thumb ex-fpm 17 May 2017, 19:59

they did not provide it because thugs like you flamethrower and your nassrallah kept attacking saudi arabia and chanting death to al saud.