Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Monday rejected United States media reports that claimed Russia offered bounties for killing United States soldiers in Afghanistan.

“These claims are nothing but lies.

“Reputable and high-quality world media outlets have been increasingly publishing elaborate hoaxes in the last few years.

“This definitely does not speak well for maintaining their reputation and prestige,” Peskov said.

United States media had reported allegations of Russia secretly offering rewards to militant Islamists, including Taliban troops, to encourage attacks on United States soldiers in Afghanistan.

However, the story was first reported by the New York Times, citing intelligence contacts.

United States President Donald Trump said in a statement that United States intelligence did not find this information credible.

“It is possibly another fabricated Russia hoax,” he said.

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