Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

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During a working visit to Cyprus, Lavrov said that what Trump actually told him was that Islamic State (IS) terrorists were capable of staffing untraceable explosives in laptops.

In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Trump disclosed intelligence about a planned Daesh (ISIS) operation, which was supplied by a US ally, two officials with knowledge of the situation said.

A combination of file photos showing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, May 17, 2016.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked USA news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

USA intelligence officials have asked NBC News and other media organizations not to report the type of equipment, where it was stolen, and the name of the city where the intelligence was gathered, because doing so could harm US national security, they say.

"As far as I can recall, maybe one month or two months before, the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven Middle Eastern countries". "It's true, I get the impression, that many USA media are working in this vein".

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The current Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, has been a focus of the investigations into ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia during the campaign.

Lavrov said: "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here". A Washington Post story has accused him of revealing classified information to Russian officials.

The Russian government on Tuesday dismissed a Washington Post report that President Trump shared classified information with members of the Russian government during a meeting last week, calling it "nonsense" devoid of facts.

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Trump has said it was his "absolute right" to share that information with the Russians, and he was backed up by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who said it was "wholly appropriate" to divulge that to the Russians.

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