President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when they met last week, according to a media report.
Lavrov arrived in Nicosia on Thursday to attend a foreign ministers' meeting of the Council of Europe at the end of Cyprus's presidency this month.
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias). Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, right, and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov talk to the media during a press conference after their meeting at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May.
"Truly I get the impression that many U.S. media are working in this vein".
The fake news from The Washington Post had some truth, Trump did share some information, not secrets, information that will save lives and prevent terrorist attacks. They are also the names of two long-running newspapers in Russian Federation.
Thursday's comments were the first on the issue by Lavrov since his meeting with Trump at the White House and the subsequent furore over what was discussed.
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The Kremlin has dismissed reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense", but some of America's allies are expressing concerns the US leader could be an unreliable keeper of secrets.
The Post quoted a senior USA officials as calling the intelligence "code-word information" - referring to one of the highest classification levels used in the American intelligence community.
Known so far is that Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador a plot being hatched by ISIS, but NBC reveals more specifics about the plot as well as details the intelligence community (IC) is asking it and other media outlets not to reveal.
Lavrov said: "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".
Israeli intelligence officials say this amounts to their "worst fears confirmed", that the U.S., with whom they have an exclusive intelligence-sharing deal, are passing that information along without Israel's prior knowledge.