Putin willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians


Russia is willing to give the U.S. Congress records of President Trump's private White House meeting with Kremlin diplomats last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday.

"If the U.S. administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the U.S. administration would want this", Putin said during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Sochi.

He also appeared to hint that Trump did not expose any sensitive information, joking that he would punish Lavrov because "he hasn't shared those secrets with us". Putin said Russian Federation was ready to hand a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

At one point, Putin jokingly said he needed to upbraid Lavrov for failing to share the "secrets" with him.

"He hasn't shared those secrets with us", Putin said.

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Putin said the anti-Russian sentiment in America is damaging the country and not allowing Trump to govern properly.

Trump is also facing calls for his impeachment after it was reported he asked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - whom he later fired - to stop investigating his national security advisor Mike Flynn's links to Russian Federation.

The White House has adamantly defended Trump's conversations in that Oval Office meeting, saying what he discussed was "wholly appropriate".

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump wrote.

But reports claim Trump divulged an element of the intelligence - related to an ISIS plot against air travel - that could have allowed Russian Federation to divine the sources and methods used to gather the information. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". "To date, the process of political struggle in the United States of concern to us, because it is hard for us to imagine what the people who generate such nonsense on the basis of inciting anti-Russian sentiments, can think of next", Putin said.