Putin says he could provide recording of Trump-Lavrov meeting


Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he could provide a recording of talks between Donald Trump and Sergei Lavrov as the US president comes under pressure for allegedly sharing top-secret information.

President Vladimir Putin has suggested he might provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Donald Trump, which has been at the centre of allegations that the US president shared classified intelligence with Russia.

“If the US administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump to the US Congress and Senate,” Putin said during a press conference.

It follows media reports that Trump passed on classified information to Lavrov during the meeting, allegedly about the Islamic State group.

The White House has refused to say what Trump revealed to the Russian foreign minister, but has denied it was classified information and said it was fitting with the conversation between the two figures.

White House aides refused to say whether the information pertaining to the group’s bomb-making capabilities was classified.

But the scandal has engulfed Trump’s presidency and could corrode trust among allies on the handling of sensitive intelligence information.