July 10, 2020 / 9:50 AM / a month ago

Russia's Lavrov: U.S. domestic issues behind speculation of Moscow's ties with Taliban - Interfax

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference following a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia June 16, 2020. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An internal political fight in the United States is behind “unscrupulous speculation” of Moscow’s alleged ties with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on Friday.

A top U.S. general said on Thursday that the United States believed Russia has given support to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in the past, but does not have intelligence to confirm it directed attacks against Americans or to corroborate that it paid bounties to kill U.S. troops.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Alex Richardson

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