- Trump has come under fire for allegedly sharing highly classified information with Russia
- The White House has refused to confirm or deny that classified information was shared
Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, raising the stakes in an affair that has sent the White House into a tailspin.
Some Russians are reveling in the political chaos gripping the United States, including politicians and the media, who are taking satisfaction in seeing their old geopolitical rivals writhe in political agony.
There are two possible motivations in Putin's transcript offer. Putin could genuinely want to help Trump, and by releasing a transcript which may contain no secret information, the pressure on Trump will be relieved.
The Russians had serious hope that their relationship with the US would transform. They need US sanctions lifted, and the more controversies that happen, the less likely that is. Russia wants cooperation with the US, but on its own terms.
The other possibility is that Putin understands that by coming to Trump's rescue, he will create more chaos in the US. He knows very well that if he defends Trump, Trump looks even worse, and it sows suspicion in the minds of critics and the American people.