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Kremlin Urges White House Not To Release Transcripts of Trump’s Calls With Putin

Putin Says No

Russia urged the White House not to reveal any private conversations between President Trump and Vladimir Putin after it released a partial transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Asked if he worried that the White House would release transcripts of Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "we would like to hope that it wouldn't come to that in our relations, which are already troubled by a lot of problems,” according to the Associated Press.

Peskov said the Ukraine call was a US issue but added that it was “quite unusual” to release a call between world leaders.

"The materials related to conversations between heads of states are usually classified according to normal international practice," he said.

Russia mocks US after release of transcripts:

"We are waiting for the party to continue," said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, according to the AP.

"Let them publish transcripts of conversations between NATO allies,” she said. “It would also be useful to publish minutes of closed meetings at the CIA, the FBI and the Pentagon. Put it all on air!"

Zakharova also mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to open an impeachment inquiry based on the Ukraine call.

"Is it the Democrats' job to make a laughing stock of the United States?" she said. "It's exactly what Ms. Pelosi has done to Congress, the White House and other state institutions."

Whistleblower said Trump admin hid politically sensitive documents:

The Kremlin’s concerns come after a whistleblower complaint filed by a CIA officer revealed that the White House hid the contents of Trump’s call in a special computer designed for national security information. In an addendum to the complaint, the whistleblower revealed that this was “not the first time” that a transcript was “placed into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive information.”