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Washington Warned That Russia Would Pay A High Price If It Offered A Reward For Killing American Soldiers


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Reuters
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he warned his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that Russia would pay a heavy price if it offered to kill US or Western soldiers in Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Pompeo, in an interview during his official visit to the Czech Republic on August 12, said:

"If the Russians offer bounties to kill American or Western soldiers, they will have to pay a huge price. That's what I said to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "

The statement came after the New York Times last June quoted information from unnamed US intelligence officials saying that Russian spies had offered bonuses to Taliban militants, to encourage rebels to attack coalition troops led by the US in Afghanistan. The Pentagon later said it would investigate to verify the information and commit to action if it is true.

The Kremlin said the New York Times information was completely false, while the Russian embassy in Washington called it "unfounded and anonymous charges".

Pompeo declined to say whether he believed the New York Times intelligence to be credible. He also declined to comment whether he thought President Donald Trump should be reported, but said Washington would not tolerate such behavior.

"I know our troops have also communicated with their senior leaders. We will not allow that, will not tolerate it."

Pompeo added.


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