Russia sent a note to the United States after threats over an article on “ties” with the Taliban :: Politics :: RBC

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Anatoly Antonov

Anatoly Antonov

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The Russian Embassy in the United States sent a protest note to the State Department demanding to investigate the threats received by Russian diplomats after an article in The New York Times that Russia allegedly offered a reward for the radical Taliban banned in Russia from killing the US military in Afghanistan. This was announced by Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov. His words are listed on the diplomatic mission page on Facebook.

“This is not the first time we have been threatened. But now we have a serious problem. After the aforementioned false accusations were published in the press, calls appeared on social networks to “settle accounts with the Russians.” Of course, we passed all the information on this to US law enforcement agencies, ”the diplomat said.

On June 26, The New York Times (NYT), citing sources, reported that several months ago, Russian intelligence allegedly offered the Taliban a reward for killing military coalitions in Afghanistan. As noted by the interlocutors of the publication, information was disclosed, in particular, during interrogations of Afghan militants.

The Washington Post newspaper, citing sources, reported that several American soldiers were killed due to a “collusion” between Russia and the Taliban in Afghanistan. How many people were killed, the publication did not specify.

Late last week, the Russian embassy reported that Russian diplomats at embassies in Washington and London began to receive threats after the publication of NYT. The diplomatic mission called the charges in the article “baseless and anonymous.”

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US President Donald Trump criticized the publication of The New York Times, calling it “fake.” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, commenting on the publication, said there was no evidence of a “collusion” between Russia and the Taliban. In turn, the Taliban denied the publication of NYT on ties with Russia.

A spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov called this publication a duck and suggested focusing on the statements of Donald Trump.

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