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US sent warnings to Russia over bounties on American troops despite Trump's claims of 'fake news'

30 Jul 2020 Daily Mail Online

The U.S. reportedly sent secret warnings to Russia threatening to take action if Moscow offered cash to the Taliban in exchange for killing American troops - despite Trump dismissing reports of the bounties as 'fake news.'

The Defense Department has been in 'serious' talks with Moscow over claims that a Russian military intelligence unit offered payments - running as high as $100,000 -and weapons for every U.S. or allied soldier the Taliban killed in Afghanistan, The Daily Beast reported, citing anonymous sources.

Two senior officials told the website the warnings were issued in June, when the New York Times published a report claiming U.S. intelligence found evidence of the bounties which had been included in Trump's presidential daily briefing in February.

Moscow allegedly denied the reports during communications with the U.S., a source said.  

President Donald Trump said in an interview conducted Tuesday that he did not bring up Moscow paying the Taliban to kill U.S. troops n Afghanistan during his phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday

Trump and Putin have met on several occasions and the president frequently touts his close relationship and phone calls with his Russian counterpart 

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