Groundless allegations that Russia offered reward money for Taliban militants for killing American soldiers raised in the recent publication by The New York Times have been denied by Moscow, the White House and Taliban itself.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien refuted the allegations on “Russian bounties” offered to Taliban militants for killing US troops in Afghanistan in a statement on Tuesday, noting that, since they were not verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, the President had not been briefed on them.
“Because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, President Trump had not been briefed on the items. Nevertheless, the Administration, including the National Security Council staff, have been preparing should the situation warrant action”, the statement said.
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