Lavrov thinks U.S., France will try to suppress phone-tapping scandal; Putin concurs with minister

The scandal around the eavesdropping on French presidents by U.S. security agencies is unlikely to see further development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"On the day when we sat, there was a leak about phone-tapping, prompting quite a serious hubbub in France, and so the attention was diverted by this factor as well," Lavrov said at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the permanent members of the Russian Security Council.

Putin asked: "How did this scandal end?"

Sergei Lavrov said: "German example gives an answer to it," the parties will try to forget about it.

Putin added: "This is how it will be."

On Tuesday, the French newspaper Liberation and Mediapart, a news website, citing the documents published on Wikileaks, reported that the U.S. National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on telephone conversations of three French Presidents - Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande - for several years.

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