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No secrets were passed to me by Trump, says Lavrov

20 May 2017

US President Donald Trump said yesterday that his Oval Office meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was "very, very successful" and would help promote the fight against terrorism, adding to his earlier defense of sharing information with Russian officials.

Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, left, shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The Kremlin described as "complete nonsense" on Tuesday media reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had disclosed classified intelligence during a meeting with Russian officials.

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He said the USA and Russian Federation must pool efforts in the fight against terrorism and work together to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation.

The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Mr. Trump with Lavrov and Kislyak last week.

"Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence-sharing, he said media have reported that "the secret" Trump told him was that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials".

Lavrov said: "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here". As such, he said, there was nothing about the story for the Kremlin to confirm or deny.

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No secrets were passed to me by Trump, says Lavrov