Putin Mocks US over Trump’s Russia Leak, Says US Developing ‘Political Schizophrenia’

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (not pictured) following their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, 17 May 2017. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/Pool/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has openly ridiculed the United States over the reports that US President Trump leaked classified information to Russia.
  • Putin has commented that the US ‘has been developing political schizophrenia”.
  • In his words, the sources of the reports ‘are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans’.
  • Putin has joked he should scold Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov for not relaying to him the information allegedly leaked by Trump.
  • Russian leader even offered to provide a transcript of thetalks between Lavrov and Trump if the US authorities are not against.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has openly mocked the United States over the reports that US President Donald Trump leaked highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their White House meeting last week.

Putin has gone as far as declaring that “the United States has been developing political schizophrenia.”

US President Donald Trump himself has confirmed in essence the reports that he had shared highly classified intelligence information from an American ally in the Middle East with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the latter’s visit in Washington, D.C.

According to the reports, Trump revealed to Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to US, Sergey Kislyak, details about an ISIS threat involving a plot to use electronic devices to smuggle explosives onto planes.

In March, the United States banned travelers from carrying any electronic devices larger than smartphones such as laptops on flights arriving in the country from 10 overseas airports, most of them in the Middle East.

Further media reports have alleged that the ally that the leaked information came from is Israel, not Jordan, and the Russians had had no idea about the technical capabilities Israel has been using in its intelligence gathering in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

Trump’s meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak, his first with Russian officials, raised a lot of eyebrows as the meeting was supposed to be closed to the media but a Russian state press photographer was somehow allowed in.

Thus, the only photos from the event, showing an extremely cordial meeting in which Trump, Lavrov, and Kislyak were grinning widely, came from the Russian state press.

This and other details such as the fact that the bulk of the information about their discussions came solely from Lavrov’s news conference in the Russian Embassy in D.C. fueled further the lingering suspicions of some secret ties between Trump and/or his team and Moscow.

In January 2017, the US intelligence community voiced its conclusions that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hackers to use cybercrime in order to sway the 2016 US vote in favor of Donald Trump, to the detriment of his rival Hillary Clinton.

Also in January, a leaked dossier authored by a former MI6 agent alleged that Moscow had compromising materials on Trump that could be used to blackmail him.

The FBI, as well as the intelligence committees of both houses of the US Congress, is also presently investigating whether Trump’s associates were in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 US Presidential Elections campaign.

Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came against the backdrop of the US President’s decision to fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump and his team claim Comey was sacked for mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server but critics argued the firing may be an attempt to hinder the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia.

Based on an alleged memo written by Comey, reports have claimed that Trump asked the then FBI Director to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia.

A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows US President Donald J. Trump (L) posing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) during their meeting in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 May 2017. Photo: Russian Foreign Minister handout/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

America’s ‘Political Schizophrenia’

The United States has been developing political schizophrenia, Russian leader Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday, openly mocking America as he was commenting on the media reports about US President Donald Trump revealing classified information at last week’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“We see that the United States has been developing political schizophrenia, this is the only thing I can think of when I hear allegations saying that the President has revealed some secrets to Lavrov,” Putin said, as cited by state-run news agency TASS.

Putin spoke during a press conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following his talks with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

The Russian leader also said that he had discussed the reports about Trump’s classified information leak with Lavrov earlier on Wednesday.

Putin also cracked further jokes that he had to scold Lavrov “for not sharing these secrets” that he allegedly learned from the US President.

“I will have to reprimand him because he shared these secrets neither with me, nor with the Russian secret services which is very inappropriate on his part,” Putin joked.

The Russian President argued that “the internal political struggle in the US, including anti-Russian rhetoric as one of its manifestations, can harm the United States itself”.

“You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans,” Putin said commenting on the allegations that classified information was supposedly handed over by Trump to Lavrov.

He went on to describe the accusations hurled at Russia as utter nonsense.

“They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just short-sighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people,” he emphasized.

“Anyway, this is the business of the United States itself. We have no intention of interfering there and we will not do so,” the Russian President vowed.

Putin also said he was going to refrain from assessing Trump’s performance as President, stressing that such assessments should be given by the American people and its constituency.

Offering to Help

In another comment on the same story, the Russian leader declared that Moscow was ready to provide a transcript of the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, “if the US administration is not against this” in order to disperse the doubts that Trumped had leaked classified information.

“If the US administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov’s talk with Trump to the US Senate and Congress, if, of course, the US administration would want this,” Putin said, without specifying the nature of the transcripts he was referring to.

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