Russian politician says ‘let’s hit Trump with our Kompromat’ on state TV

A Russian politician has threatened to “hit Donald Trump with our Kompromat” on state TV.

Speaking on Russia-24, Nikita Isaev, leader of the far-right New Russia Movement, said the compromising material should be released in retaliation over the closure of several Russian diplomatic compounds across the US.

When asked whether Russia has such material, Mr Isaev, who is also director of the Russian Institute of Contemporary Economics, replied: “Of course we have it!”

The exchanges were first translated and reported by Russian media analyst Julia Davis.

Tensions between Russia and the US have been mounting in recent weeks following an order by the state department for the Russian government to vacate three diplomatic compounds.

The measure came after the Kremlin forced the US to reduce its staff in Russia by more than 750 people.

State department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US had complied with Russia’s demands and had made its own “in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians.”

In December, former President Barack Obama closed two of Russia’s compounds in Maryland and New York State as part of sanctions on the Russian government for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump has been plagued by allegations of Russian collusion since his election campaign.

 

 

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