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Kremlin Says Release of Trump-Putin Calls Needs Mutual Consent

  • Kremlin says opposes release but would ‘discuss’ U.S. request
  • Democrats may seek access to calls in impeachment inquiry
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017. 

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017. 

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin said Russia would have to give consent before transcripts of presidential phone calls between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could be published, after Democrats indicated that they would seek the records as part of an impeachment inquiry.

“It’s possible only by mutual agreement of the parties,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a conference call Monday. “In general, diplomatic practice doesn’t provide for such publications. If there are any signals from the Americans, then we’ll discuss it.”