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Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 02:29

A combination of file photos showing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, May 17, 2016.

The rest of the story is a mish-mash of unverifiable sources, unnamed current and former US officials, who claimed that Trump disclosed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak "code-word information" relating to Islamic State during a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office at the White House.

Lavrov arrived in Nicosia on Thursday to attend a foreign ministers' meeting of the Council of Europe at the end of Cyprus's presidency this month.

Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, left, shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Some of the intelligence President Trump provided to Russian officials is so secret that American news organizations are still being asked not to report it, two USA officials told NBC News.

He joked that some US media were acting like communist newspapers during the Soviet Union and not offering real news.

He said the USA and Russian Federation must pool efforts in the fight against terrorism and work together to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation.

The fake news from The Washington Post had some truth, Trump did share some information, not secrets, information that will save lives and prevent terrorist attacks.

Thursday's comments were the first on the issue by Lavrov since his meeting with Trump at the White House and the subsequent furore over what was discussed.

Two U.S. officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure.

"If you are talking about that, I can see no secrets here", he said. As such, he said, there was nothing about the story for the Kremlin to confirm or deny.

Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the official said.