Russia denies paying militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 29, 2020, 01.09 PM(IST)

File photo: US Soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The Russian embassy in the US said the claims had led to threats to diplomats.

Russia has denied reports that it offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan, a BBC report said.

Earlier, The New York Times reported that a Russian military intelligence unit offered the alleged bounties last year.

The same unit has been linked to assassination attempts in Europe.

 

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The Russian embassy in the US said the claims had led to threats to diplomats.

The Taliban also denied doing any deal with Russian intelligence, the report added.

The reports come as the US attempts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 19-year war in Afghanistan.

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The purported bounties gave incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America's longest war.

The newspaper, citing anonymous officials, said that Trump was briefed on the findings in March, but has not decided how to respond.