Russia's Lavrov Mocks Suggestion That Trump Worked for the Kremlin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe right applauds as Russian President Vladimir Putin reacts during their joint press conference in Tokyo Japan Friday Dec. 16 2016

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Signed in 1987 by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union, the INF required either country to disengage and destroy their short- and intermediate-range missiles and missile launchers, resolving fears of a nuclear war erupting and ultimately paving the way for the Cold War's conclusion.

Ushakov said Russia's relations with the USA were "at rock bottom" and "nothing has happened in the context of developing them".

He said United States media reports claiming that Mr Trump might have been a Russian agent reflected a dramatic plunge in standards of journalism.

Lavrov rejected the allegations that Russian authorities could have arrested Whelan in order to swap him for one of the Russians held in the USA, saying "we don't do such things".

After The New York Times revealed that the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe in 2017 into whether Trump was working for Russian interests following his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Trump said on January 14 that he has "never worked for Russia" and called any such suggestions a "big fat hoax".

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks about the territorial dispute with Lavrov in Moscow on Monday and Shinzo Abe is to have discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 22.

Russian Federation made the offer during talks in Geneva this week, he said. U.

He added that such requests reflect illegitimate meddling in the USA president's constitutional right to conduct foreign policy.

Paul Whelan, an American man accused of spying in Russian Federation, was caught "red-handed" in his hotel, according to the country's foreign minister.

Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru earlier this month cited an unnamed Russian intelligence source as saying that Mr Whelan had been detained five minutes after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency. He was born in Canada to British parents before the family moved to the U.S. He holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, and Russian Federation said it will allow consular visits.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the planned US military withdrawal.

- "He was caught red-handed".

"We are convinced that the best and only solution is the transfer of these territories under the control of the Syrian government, and of Syrian security forces and administrative structures", Lavrov, whose country has given Assad crucial military and diplomatic support throughout the almost eight-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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