Top Russian diplomat mocks U.S. media over intelligence-sharing reports – Hawaii News

Top Russian diplomat mocks U.S. media over intelligence-sharing reports – Hawaii News

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    Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov paused during talks with the Cyprus’ foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus today. Lavrov was in Cyprus for two-day working visit.

NICOSIA, Cyprus >> Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today mocked U.S. news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn’t understand what the “secret” was since the U.S. introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.

He joked that some U.S. media were acting like communist newspapers in the former Soviet Union and not offering real news.

“There used to be a joke in the Soviet Union that there was no news in the newspaper Pravda and no truth in the newspaper Izvestia,” Lavrov said through a translator. “It’s true, I get the impression, that many U.S. media are working in this vein.”

The Russian word “pravda” means truth, while “izvestia” means news. They are also the names of two long-running newspapers in Russia.

Lavrov was in Cyprus today for talks with his Cypriot counterpart.

Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence-sharing, he said media have reported that “the secret”…

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