Russia Says Trump Needs Its Permission To Release Call Transcripts With Putin

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER,30 (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks on Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November,30,2018. U.S.Preisident Donald Trump has cancelled his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Argentina planned on Saturday. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
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September 30, 2019 5:07 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, said on Monday that President Donald Trump would need the Kremlin’s permission if he ever wanted to release records of his calls with Putin.

According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Peskov told reporters the Russian government will “consider” allowing the call transcripts to be released “if we receive some signals from the U.S.”

“Of course their publication is to some extent only possible by mutual agreement of the parties,” the official said. “This is a certain diplomatic practice.”

“To be more specific, perhaps, diplomatic practice in general does not envisage their publication,” he added.

House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry against Trump have indicated they intend to examine Trump’s communications with foreign leaders after the White House released a memo on Trump’s call with Ukraine revealing he had tried to pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

CNN reported that White House officials had also restricted access to records of Trump’s calls with Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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